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With Alberta now in phase 1 of our Relaunch strategy, we want to take this moment and ask businesses who have re-opened or are preparing for reopening their businesses to submit updated information to the Town for our COVID-19 Status of Businesses/Non Profits Webpage. Submit your information below! At the end of the month we will send an updated list to all of our newsletter subscribers!
Please remember that The Town of Slave Lake is not under a Fire Ban. Backyard fires are allowed.
Stage one of Alberta’s relaunch strategy puts safety first as restrictions are gradually lifted. With enhanced testing capacity and contact tracing ability, along with a rapid response plan in place in the event of possible outbreaks, the province is ready to take the first incremental steps to reopen some businesses and services.
The new alberta.ca/bizconnect web page provides business owners with information on health and safety guidelines for general workplaces, as well as sector-specific guidelines for those able to open in stage one. Businesses allowed to reopen during stage one will be subject to strict infection prevention and control measures, and will be carefully monitored for compliance with public health orders. It will be up to each business operator to determine if they are ready to open and ensure all guidance has been met.
Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 5,963.
As part of its relaunch strategy, the Government of Alberta has launched a voluntary, secure mobile contact tracing application to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Quick tracing and containment of outbreaks is critical as the province works to gradually relaunch the economy. The ABTraceTogether app will enhance the current manual tracing process and help Albertans protect themselves and their loved ones.
Contact tracing is currently performed by interviewing patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, which is resource intensive and has limitations on its effectiveness as it relies on the patient’s memory. Through wireless Bluetooth technology, mobile contact tracing will complement the work of health-care workers and drastically speed up the current manual tracing process. This means Albertans will be contacted more quickly if they are at risk.
Protecting Albertans’ privacy is paramount. Use of the app is voluntary, and users must opt-in. Only your phone number is collected at the time of registering the app. The application does not track the user’s location and does not use your GPS. Data is only stored on the user’s phone in an encrypted format for 21 days only. Users must consent to sharing their data if they have tested positive for COVID-19. The only information shared with contact tracers is a random ID of those identified as close contacts after a user is diagnosed with COVID-19 – nothing identifiable is exchanged between phones. Users must be within two metres from each other for a total duration of 15 minutes in a 24-hour period in order to be notified as a close contact.
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News From the Province:
Premier Jason Kenney announced the first stop in reopening the economy this afternoon. The plan to move forward requires careful and ongoing monitoring and respecting all guidelines outlined by the chief medical officer of health:
Recognizing the role that access to the outdoors and recreation in the outdoors plays to Albertans’ sense of well-being, access to provincial parks and public lands will be re-opened using a phased approach, beginning with:
Are you offering a service of support, or program for residents to utilize during the COVID-19? The Town of Slave Lake is compiling a list for publication that residents can access and find on our town website. Please submit your information today. Each day during this pandemic we will be showcasing and giving details out on social media and on our website about programs and services being provided in the community.
Todays Program we want to highlight is the Slave Lake Walking and Running Club. Reconnect with your community through fun exercise in such an isolating time, this group is here to connect and motivate members through posts and comments within our Facebook group, Slave Lake Running and Walking Club. Distance routes for different parts of town will be shared along with fun games everyone can participate in! Try out our routes and games, post about your run, and motivate others in the group! Click the link here to join the Club today.
Again we would like to remind residents Slave Lake Forest Area is currently under a fire ban, but the Town of Slave Lake is allowing fires in back yard fire pits.
Update April 28th, 2020 4:15 PM --
There have been five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating four cases have recovered. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 4,850.
Since Alberta Health Services began tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, there has been 80 confirmed deaths due to the Virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.
Todays Service we would like to highlight is The Northern Haven Support Society. The Northern Haven Support Society provides support to those in the Slave Lake area who have been impacted by Family Violence and Domestic Abuse. If you are living in the Slave Lake area and are experiencing or attempting to leave domestic abuse or have recently left an abusive relationship are having troubles they can help. For more information please contact Northern Have at 780-849-4418 or Toll Free at 1-8770214-4418. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
Update April 27th, 2020 4:45 PM --
There have been five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating four cases have recovered. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 4,696.
Since Alberta Health Services began tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, there has been 75 confirmed deaths due to the Virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.
While the Slave Lake Forest Area is currently under a fire ban, please remember that the Town of Slave Lake is allowing fires in back yard fire pits.
Update April 23rd, 2020 4:45 PM --
There have been five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating four cases have recovered. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 4017.
Since Alberta Health Services began tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, there has been 72 confirmed deaths due to the Virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.
Update April 22nd, 2020 5:00 PM --
There have been five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating four cases have recovered. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 3720.
Since Alberta Health Services began tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, there has been 67 confirmed deaths due to the Virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.
Update April 22nd, 2020 4:00 PM ---
There have been five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating all four cases have recovered. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 3401.
Since Alberta Health Services began tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, there has been 66 confirmed deaths due to the Virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.
News from the Province:
Government is also launching the Alberta Northern Lights Volunteer Awards to honour everyday heroes as the province responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. The honourees will be nominated by fellow Albertans and selected for profiling on the program’s website and through social media.
There are no requirements for hours of service, and any individual or group who helps out in their community is eligible for an award. The nomination submission requests a brief story about the nominee’s contribution. Nominations will be accepted online on an ongoing basis.
For more Information on the Northern Lights Volunteer Recognition Program Click Here
Update April 22nd, 2020 11:00 AM ---
At last nights Council Meeting, Council made the decision to keep the town owned facilities closed until June 1st, 2020. This means that Multi-Rec Centre, and the Northern Lights Aquatic Centre will remain closed until June 1st.
The Town Office will remain closed during that time from Monday to Thursday. Every Friday we will be open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for walk ins. Please remember to practice social distancing while coming into the Town Office. If this closure last longer then June 1st. The Town will look into expanding hours for walk in during tax season.
Please remember that our staff are still available by phone and email. If you need any help from the town please call 780-849-8000, or the MRC at 780-849-8028.
Update April 21st, 2020 4:30 PM ---
There have been five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating all four cases have recovered. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 3095.
Since Alberta Health Services began tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, there has been 61 confirmed deaths due to the Virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.
Update April 21st, 2020 10:15 AM ---
Many residents are enjoying the warmer weather. While it is great to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, the Town of Slave Lake wants to remind everyone that physical distancing is still required in all Town parks, playgrounds and on trails. People are still required to maintain a 2 metre separation with others, and to thoroughly wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon returning from outdoor activities.
Playgrounds pose a challenge. The Town of Slave Lake has not closed playgrounds at this time. Instead, are following the Alberta Health Services recommendations: cleaning both your and your child’s hands before travelling home, and immediately washing your and your child’s hands with warm soapy water when you get home. Practicing physical distancing is still important on playgrounds. If it is not possible to maintain physical distancing on the playground, we recommend that families not use the playground at that time.
Update April 20th, 2020 4:30 PM ---
There have been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating all four cases have recovered. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 2908
Since Alberta Health Services began tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, there has been 59 confirmed deaths due to the Virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.
Update April 16th, 2020 4:30 PM ---
There have been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating all four cases have recovered. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 2158
Since Alberta Health Services began tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, there has been 50 confirmed deaths due to the Virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.
News from the Province ----
It is critical to remember that COVID-19 is not a food-borne illness. But essential food industry workers are still susceptible to COVID-19, just like everyone else. Across North America, we have seen a growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at food processing plants as the total number of cases throughout society also grows.
In Alberta, the first confirmed case occurred at a beef plant north of Calgary. The facility where the case was confirmed was shut down, halting production. Agriculture and Forestry immediately began working with the plant management, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Ministry of Labour to resolve the issue. Specific, effective mitigation measures were put in place based on the advice of health and safety experts.
Update April 15th, 2020 5:15PM---
There have been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating all four cases have recovered. . Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 1996
Since Alberta Health Services began tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, there has been 48 confirmed deaths due to the Virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.
There have been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating all four cases have recovered. . Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 1870.
Alberta Wildfire is hiring 200 additional firefighters, invoking a fire ban, implementing off-highway vehicle (OHV) restrictions, increasing fine violations and funding $20 million more in community FireSmart initiatives, all to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season during COVID-19.
Alberta Parks is also instituting a fire ban in all provincial parks and protected areas.
These early preparedness measures will ensure the province can effectively focus resources where they are needed most in the event of multiple emergencies happening at the same time.
Typically, the wildfire hazard is highest in Alberta in late April through May, when fuel like trees and grasses have extremely low moisture content after the snow has melted.
More than a million acres burned last year and 71 per cent of wildfires were human-caused and entirely preventable. With provincial resources currently stretched due to COVID-19, these preventative measures will better equip Alberta’s response to spring wildfires this year.
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There have been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating all four cases have recovered. . Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 1451.
It was announced that another 3 albertans has passed away from COVID-19. This brings the total number of deaths in Alberta to 32. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.
There are still only four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Slave Lake area as of April 6th, 2020. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 1348, resulting in 98 new cases since Sundays update.
It was announced that another albertans has passed away from COVID-19. This brings the total number of deaths in Alberta to 24. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.
To remember those who have passed away from COVID-19, Town Council has decided to lower the flags at all municipal buildings starting Tuesday April 14th until April 24th.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced today that he would be making a address to the province tomorrow (April 7th). The Town of Slave Lake will share the video once the Town of Slave Lake Council Meeting is completed.
Following the directions of Alberta Health Services, and to follow protocols set in place around physical-distancing Slave Lake Council has made the decision to live stream the April 7th council meeting. The Council Meeting will be live streamed via the Town of Slave Lake Youtube Channel. This is to ensure that those without a facebook account can view the proceedings live as well.
The Town of Slave Lake Youtube Channel can be found here You will not need an account to watch the live stream. The Council meeting begins at 7:00 PM on Tuesday April 7th. We will share a link to the live stream on Facebook and Twitter.
There are now four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Slave Lake area as of April 5th, 2020. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 1250, resulting in 69 new cases since Saturdays Update.
Mayor Warman released the below statement about the increase in cases in Slave Lake on Saturday April 4th.
"Been getting a lot of questions this evening. The number of cases in Slave Lake has climbed to 4. Questions are being asked, who are they? where have they been? Are these travel related or community spread?
First off, AHS locally has been great, but higher up where all the information is collected, most doesn’t flow back to communities. I have shared my frustration with all who will listen and so far the position from the Province has not changed.
That being said, realistically whether we have 2 or 12, whether they are community spread or travel, nothing changes. You should assume they are all community spread. You should assume it exists in your community, because realistically it does. Even if we knew who it was, they could have been walking around with no symptoms for a week. To try and figure out every single person or place they came in contact with would not likely even be possible. People need to be cautious. Continue to physically distance yourself from people outside of those you live with. wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your face, take precautions....these messages will not change.
People that have been diagnosed and considered infected are required to self isolate at home. These 4 cases are not out walking around the community, but people they may have come in contact with are and so as a community we need to continue to be vigilant. I get that people want more information. I get that people are tired of staying at home. I get that people want to see their friends and you get to a point where you think, well we have all been at home for two weeks so it should be fine. All we know today..........All we need to know today........is that we need to work harder at this. We need to be patient as this is not changing overnight. We need to be cautious, not fearful. We need to stay educated, and not make assumptions. Our community needs our best right now and is going to need it for a while.
I want to close by saying a big thank you to the businesses that have closed and are suffering, but know that is what their community needs. To the ones that need to stay open and are taking precautions to keep their staff and customers safe, thank you for doing your part to keep this community functioning and keeping us all safe. To the travellers and community members, families, and children who continue to practice physical distancing and those who need to or choose to self isolate, I thank you for taking this seriously. And to the small group of people that are not putting in the same level of effort to social distance and take precautions...your community needs more of you and we all expect you to do better.
If you have symptoms, stay home. If you have travelled outside of the country, stay home. If you don’t need to go out, stay home. If you do, please take precautions.
Praying for the quick recovery of the 4 affected and hoping this message gets to the people who need to hear it most. Stay safe Slave Lake."
Update April 5th 2020 3:00 PM----
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If you stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support.
The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.
We will start accepting applications on April 6.
Prior to April 6, individuals who are without work and are eligible for EI can continue to apply for Employment Insurance.
Important! If you are not eligible for Employment Insurance, find out how you can get ready to apply for the CERB through the Canada Revenue Agency.
Whether you apply online or by phone, the CRA wants to provide the best service possible to everyone. To help manage this, the CRA has set up specific days for you to apply. Please use the following guidelines:
The benefit will be available to workers:
There are now three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Slave Lake area as of April 3rd, 2020. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 1075, resulting in 107 new cases since Thursdays’s Update.
It was announced that five more albertans have passed away from COVID-19, four from the Calgary Zone, and one from the Edmonton. This brings the total number of deaths in Alberta to 18. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.
The public can make complaints to the province about gatherings and businesses that appear to be violating public health orders or a person who appears to be violating self-isolation restrictions: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case/
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There are now only two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Slave Lake area as of April 1st, 2020. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 968, resulting in 96 new cases since Tuesday’s Update.
It was announced that two more albertans have passed away from COVID-19, an albertan from the North Zone, and an albertan from the Calgary Zone. This brings the total number of deaths in Alberta to 13. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.
The Government of Canada has created a Canada COVID-19 Support App. The app will let you receive the latest updates, trusted resources, and self-assess your symptoms. You can download the app on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store If you do not want to download the app, you can access the web version. Please note that this is best viewed on a mobile device.
The public can make complaints to the province about gatherings and businesses that appear to be violating public health orders or a person who appears to be violating self-isolation restrictions: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case/
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There are now only two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Slave Lake area as of April 1st, 2020. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 871, resulting in 117 new cases since Tuesday’s Update.
It was announced that two more albertans have passed away from COVID-19, an albertan from the North Zone, and an albertan from the Calgary Zone. This brings the total number of deaths in Alberta to 11. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.
According to Dr. Hinshaw Alberta’s chief medical officer of health there is no treatment or vaccine for COVID-19 but there are simple ways to help slow the spread of COVID-19, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, physical distance (stay back at least 6 feet), cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoid others who are unwell and stay home when you are sick.
Earlier this week Mayor Warman spoke in a Slave Lake VLOG, that was published on facebook and can be found here, about concerns he has heard about residents in Slave Lake who have recently returned home from international travels are not following the mandatory self-isolation order the federal government has put in place. Mayor Warman has also heard from Residents that businesses that are not classified as essential services are remaining open after the Provincial Government mandatory closure of all non-essential businesses. Complaints of this nature can be filed with the provincial government at the following link. https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case/
A list of businesses that are classified as essential can be found on the Provincial Government Website here.
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In yesterday Mayor VLOG, that was published on facebook and can be found here, spoke about concerns he has heard about residents in Slave Lake who have recently returned home from international travels are not following the mandatory self-isolation order the federal government has put in place. Mayor Warman has also heard from Residents that businesses that are not classified as essential services are remaining open after the Provincial Government mandatory closure of all non-essential businesses. Complaints of this nature can be filed with the provincial government at the following link. https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case/
The Town of Slave Lake wants to remind residents that if you need to go out please practice social distancing.
Below are some resources you can access in case you or someone you know may need them:
- The Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642 - available 24/7- Crisis Services Canada - Mental Health and coping with COVID-19 |- Talking with children about COVID-19 |- Help in tough times
Update March 27th, 2020 6:00 PM ----
There are still only three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Slave Lake as of March 26th, 2020. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 542.
On March 27th, Premier Jason Kenney Announced that all non essential businesses would be closed at end of business day on March 27th.
At the time of the press release the province had not supplied a list of essential services that could remain open. Mayor Warman spoke with the Premiers Office and Local MLA’s about the what businesses would be affected. They informed us that it would be modeled off of the Government of Ontario essential business list. Below is a list of essential services that can remain open starting March 28th.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL LIST - ONCE THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA RELEASES THE LIST OFFICIAL LIST THE LIST BELOW WILL BE UPDATED.
List of Essential Workplaces
UPDATE March 26th, 2020 4:30 PM ------
There are still only three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Slave Lake as of March 26th, 2020. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 486.
The Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre has announced that until further notice they would not be accepting donations of clothings. Please do not drop-off clothing at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre at this time.
A quick clarification from yesterdays Mayor Update. Mayor Warman in yesterdays update stated that anyone returning to Canada should not stop to get gas upon arrival, but go directly home. He was referring to Canadians who are flying into Edmonton, they should not stop and get gas but go directly home. Canadians who are returning to Canada/Slave Lake via land are able to stop and get gas on their way home, but should try to reduce the amount of stops along the way. We apologize for the misunderstanding.
Today the Wildfire Legacy Corporation announced that the Legacy Centre would remain closed for public events until the April 30th.
The Town of Slave Lake has released launched a page on our website dedicated to the business and organizations in Slave Lake. To see which businesses and organizations are still open, which ones have reduced their hours, or closed click on the following link.
UPDATE March 25th, 2020 4:00 PM ------
There are still only three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Slave Lake.
The Province of Alberta has announced new measures to protect the health and safety of Albertans.
To protect the health and safety of Albertans, law enforcement agencies have been granted full authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines.
In addition, it is now mandatory for travellers returning from outside of Canada to self-isolate. This legal requirement also applies to close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases, as well as to any individual with symptoms, such as a fever, cough, sore throat or runny nose.
“We must do everything we can to protect Albertans through this pandemic. While the vast majority of Albertans are doing their part to flatten the curve by self-isolating, practising physical distancing or helping those who are self-isolating, some are not. Self-isolation orders are not suggestions or guidelines – they are now the law and they must be followed. Anyone putting their families, their neighbours, or other Albertans at risk will face consequences.”
Through amendments to the Procedures Regulation under the Provincial Offences Procedures Act, community peace officers, in addition to police, will be able to issue tickets to enforce COVID-19 public health orders. Fines now administered through tickets for violating an order have increased from up to $100 per day to a prescribed fine of $1,000 per occurrence. Courts will also have increased powers to administer fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and up to $500,000 for a subsequent offence for more serious violations. These new fines will be in force over the coming days.
“The chief medical officer of health has the full cooperation of community peace officers and local policing to ensure Albertans comply with orders. Albertans’ health is and will always be our top priority, and we will use all necessary enforcement measures to ensure Albertans take this situation seriously by self-isolating and limiting mass gatherings.”
Public health orders subject to fines for violation include:
The Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services are working with local enforcement agencies to manage complaints, which can be submitted online.
Exemptions will continue to be assessed on a case-by-case basis by public health officials.
UPDATE March 25th, 2020 2:30 PM ------
The following are a list of helpful links you can use to access support from the Government of Canada.
UPDATE March 25th, 2020 12:20 PM -----
We have been notified that all Telus lines are currently working again.
UPDATE March 25th, 2020 12:00 PM -----
For the safety of our residents, the Town of Slave Lake has decided to extend our facility closures until April 30th, 2020.
This means the Northern Lights Aquatic Centre, the Multi-Rec Centre, and the Town Office will be closed until April 30th, 2020.
The Town Office will remain open every friday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, including the lunch hour.
As of this morning we have found out all Telus mobility 911 lines are experiencing some delays, you can still use your TELUS cellphone to call 9-1-1 but you may experience some delays getting through to an operator. If you have an emergency and need to call 911 please use a landline, this is only for Telus mobile phones at this time.
UPDATE March 24th 2020, 5:30 PM -----
At some point in our lives we all have stressful times. We can be impacted by such things as financial pressures, unexpected difficulties, unemployment, or stressful situations such as the current outbreak of COVID-19.
Mayor Warman’s Town Hall can be found here
UPDATE March 24th 2020, 2:07 PM -----
The Federal Government has released an online assessment tool for COVID-19, to view the online assessment tool click here
UPDATE March 23rd, 2020, 4:10 PM -----
At this time there are still only 3 confirmed reports of COVID-19 in Slave Lake.
The Town of Slave Lake would like to remind residents to stay home. This will help stop the spread of COVID-19. We ask residents to follow the Social distancing guidelines outlined by the province. Social Distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. This can help you reduce the risk of getting sick.
Other Guidelines for Social Distancing Include:
Tomorrow at 4:00 P.M., March 24th, The Town of Slave Lake will be hosting a Facebook Live Town Hall. Mayor Tyler Warman will be answering all your questions. If you haven’t already please submit your questions.
The Province of Alberta has announced more measures to help residents and businesses during this time. You can find all that information by clicking on the link here.
UPDATE March 23rd, 2020, 12:00 PM -----
Are you struggling to explain the events of COVID-19 to a child? Here is a book specifically designed to help explain kids under 7 understand. It is called the “Covibook."Download the COVI-Book here
UPDATE March 23rd, 2020, 11:00 AM -----
To help informed our residents on COVID-19, Mayor Warman will be sitting down to answer your questions about COVID-19. Submit you Questions Today for the Virtual Town Hall.
Please note at this time we are not planning on carrying this Live on Facebook so please submit your questions below.
Submit Your Questions Here
UPDATE March 22nd, 2:15 PM -----
Mayor Update ----
We currently have 3 confirmed cases in Slave Lake of Covid-19 and those people are isolated. When someone tests positive, AHS investigates this patient’s’ history to try and determine when and where they were infected and what risk this poses to the community. AHS has not been quick to share this type of info with communities and we have pushed back on them for some more transparency in this regard. Hopefully this week we will see a better flow of information.
I want to say thanks to thousands of people in Slave Lake who continue to strongly practice social distancing. Yesterday Italy became the world leader in number of people affected and number of deaths. They had almost 800 people die in one day from this disease. Largely this was a result of their population and government not reacting quickly and taking this pandemic seriously. Social distancing works!
I am shocked to say that I continue to be contacted daily by concerned residents who are aware of social gatherings continue to go on, outdoor parties, parties in shops, people who have travelled and do not self isolate, people with symptoms that go out in the public. Fortunately this is not the majority of people in Slave Lake, but all it takes is a small group of affected people to spread this disease through our community. I plead with people to take this seriously and think of more people than just themselves. I plead with you to encourage your family, your friends, your children, your neighbors to exercise caution. I have to hope and think people are smarter than some of the isolated stories I keep hearing about. Socializing should be limited to your family unit only!
Full disclosure, I love interacting with people, groups, socializing, laughing and having a good time. Mentally the last few days have been difficult because we are dealing with conversations, thoughts and what if scenarios I never thought possible. I feel the need to talk with my family and friends more than ever. Luckily on Alberta Health’s website there are a number of great resources that a person can use when they are feeling like they need some help. My father is not a healthy person and so we have elected to keep our distance and only talk on the phone. With my friends last night we had a group face time chat and did the same on Friday night. I need that for my own sanity. That being said I could not live with myself if I put my own family, my friends, their family or even a perfect stranger in jeopardy because my own need for a good time super ceded common sense and public safety.
I am encouraged that many Provinces are beginning to impose fines and possible jail time for people who ignore these risks to a community’s public health and I am encouraged that it looks like our Province is determined to launch their own set of response to the risk some people put on others.
In closing, I recognize most people are doing what is required. To those that are not, its time to take a serious look at yourself in the mirror. My message for today Slave Lake is remain vigilant, continue to feed your physical, mental and spiritual and self, but social distancing MUST remain a top priority.
UPDATE March 20th, 2020, 11:15 AM -----
Earlier this Morning, Mayor Warman was notified by Alberta Health Services that the two cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed within the Town of Slave Lake.
"To start off what does this mean," Mayor Warman said in a video statement. "It means the same thing as it did yesterday when we had zero cases, and will mean the same thing in future days when we expect to see more. Social Distancing works. The whole reason we are going through this as a community, as a province, as the country, we are going through this as an entire world, is because we are all in the same boat."
"We are trying to push that curve down, and make sure that the resources that we have, the equipment that we have to deal with this virus on the rate that is it spreading."
Watch the Entire Video Announcement Here
Update March 19th, 2020 4:20 PM----
To help combat the spread of COVID-19, The Town of Slave Lake has made the decision to close the Town Office effective 4:30 P.M. on Friday March 20th.
Starting Monday March 23rd, Town staff will be in the Town office during regular working hours, and will be available via telephone, or by email.
To ensure you can pay invoices, make utility payments and deliver applications, the Town Office will be open for walk-ins every Friday between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, this will include the lunch hour.
The Town would like to remind residents that any invoices can be paid online through your bank. More details about online banking can be found here
This change will be in place until further notice.
Update March 19th, 2020 3:00 PM ---
Changes being implemented at the Slave Lake Family Care Clinic
To help minimize the risk of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection to our residents and staff, the following changes are being implemented at the Slave Lake Family Care Clinic:
• The clinic will be changing its operational hours beginning Monday, March 23. Beginning March 23, the clinic will be open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., until further notice.
• The clinic is requesting that social distancing in the waiting area be observed, as per signage on the seats in the waiting area.
Click here for more information
Update March 19th, 2020 12:00 PM ---
As of March 16, 2020, The Vanderwell Heritage Place will be restricting access to the Lodges to essential visitors only (designated support persons) until further notice and, to this end, Vanderwell Heritage Place will be posting notices at all entrances to our lodges. Vanderwell Heritage Place has also cancelled all bus trips and volunteer activities.
Click here for more information on this closure
Update March 18th, 2020 6:30 PM -----
See You Tomorrow!
Update March 18th, 2020 11:35 AM -----
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.
For More Information Click Here
Update March 17th - 2:30 PM -----
Slave Lake RCMP reduced services during COVID-19 pandemic
Slave Lake, Alta. - Due to the current pandemic involving the COVID-19 virus, the Slave Lake RCMP will be limiting non-emergency services offered at the detachment. Services including criminal record checks, civil fingerprints, minor collisions and non-essential requests will not be offered at the detachment.
Some services may still be offered. It is suggested that you call the Slave Lake RCMP Detachment at (780) 849-3999 to determine if your request will be processed prior to attending the detachment.
The safety and security of residents will not be affected during this time. Officers will continue to attend emergency calls to service.
Update March 17th - 2:25 PM -----
The government will declare a state of public health emergency later today, empowering authorities under the Public Health Act to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic
Alberta’s Provincial Operations Centre has also been elevated from a level 3 to a level 4, the highest level.
Effective immediately and until further notice, the Alberta government is implementing additional measures, including cancelling events that have more than 50 people.
“This is an unprecedented moment in our history and decisive action is needed. We recognize that these measures will have a profound impact on the lives of Albertans, but they are necessary in the face of this growing pandemic.”
“These measures are necessary if we are to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our province. Our intention is to limit opportunities for disease transmission by limiting the amount of time Albertans are spending in large crowds and crowded spaces. All Albertans should take immediate action and follow all recommended public health measures. Protecting the health of Albertans is, and always will be, our top priority.”
The additional measures include:
Municipalities, charitable and non-profit organizations providing social services support will immediately see $60 million to support their COVID-19 response. The funding will be provided to adult homeless shelters, women’s emergency shelters and the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) program, which supports municipalities and civil society organizations in providing services to vulnerable Albertans.
Albertans are encouraged to visit alberta.ca/COVID19 for the latest information, guidance and resources.
Update March 17th - 11:00 AM -----
CLARIFICATION FROM NORTHERN LAKES COLLEGE ---- Online classes will resume as normal on Tuesday March 17, 2020. Please note that all classes are cancelled for Monday March 16, 2020 only.
At this time, public health officials maintain the risk of spread is low, but it is crucial to follow the same recommendations during the cold and flu season:- wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds- cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing- avoid others who are unwell- stay home when you are sick
Health information on COVID-19 can be found on the Alberta Health Services website at ahs.ca. AHS’s Health Link service – dial 811 – is also available to offer health advice and information.
Update March 17th, 2020 10:00 AM ------
Last Night During the Mayors Live Town Hall, a question was asked about EI benefits and eligibility. The following can be found on the Government of Canada’s Website.
Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits provide up to 15 weeks of income replacement and is available to eligible claimants who are unable to work because of illness, injury or quarantine, to allow them time to restore their health and return to work. Canadians quarantined can apply for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits.
If you are eligible, visit the EI sickness benefits page to apply.
Service Canada is ready to support Canadians affected by COVID-19 and placed in quarantine, with the following support actions:
Contact the new dedicated toll-free phone number if you are in quarantine and seeking to waive the one-week EI sickness benefits waiting period so you can be paid for the first week of your claim:
If you are experiencing symptoms such as cough, fever, difficulty breathing or you are in self-isolation or quarantine, do not visit or enter any Service Canada office. As an alternative, you may access our services online or by calling 1 800 O-Canada.
Update March 16th, 2020 3:00 PM -------
At 3:00 P.M. on Monday March 16th, The Town of Slave Lake announced that all events being held at the Legacy Centre would be cancelled until further notice.
This closure is to help lower the risk of any potential spread of COVID-19. There are still no confirmed cases in the Slave Lake Region.
The importance of remaining calm, listening to common sense, and getting the right information remain a best practice!
Update March 16th, 2020 2:15 PM -------
Update March 16th, 2020 12:30 PM -------
The Town of Slave Lake continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and is committed to providing accurate health information from reliable sources.
We would like to remind residents to not flush paper towel, bed sheets, newspaper, or baby wipes down the toilet as it can cause damage to the towns system and your own system. These items may also may cause a back up in houses.
Reminder that the following facilities are closed until further notice:
Update March 15th, 2020 6:50 PM -------
The situation in the Province is changing hourly. There has been 17 new cases of Covid 19 in the province bringing the total to 56. At least two of these cases have not been linked to travel and as such they are from "community spread". This triggers a new level of response in regards to how the pandemic is being dealt with. The Provincial Operations Centre has increased their alert level to 3 out of 4. This means additional resources and increased readiness to respond and react where needed.
The biggest change is the announcement of classes being cancelled for all K-12 students and the closure of daycare facilities. This means that as of tomorrow morning no students will be going to schools and the Slave Lake Childcare Society is closed until further notice. Parents who are impacted by no childcare, please reach out to employers. Employers who may be affected should connect with their employees. This closure is likely to last weeks or months not days so parents and employers will need to make long term plans.
School divisions will be meeting over the next few days to determine what this means for students on a long term closure and what options are available to continue education. We will update information as it becomes available.
Additionally the elderly and people with already complex health problems are the most at risk. Please avoid long term care, seniors facilities, and the hospital unless needed. It is up to us as a group to collectively look after the health of all. Although you may be a low risk please consider the health of others.
Additionally Council has made the decision that effective tomorrow, the MRC will be closed until further notice. Council is meeting tomorrow morning to discuss any other measures that may need to be made.
We continue to recommend that people who have travelled outside of the country self quarantine for 14 days. If you are feeling ill please stay home. Call 811 or use the Alberta Health Self Assessment tool. If required, AHS will dispatch someone to your home to administer a swab test to test for Covid 19. In the event you are not able to deal with your symptoms yourself, please go to emergency or dial 911. There is currently no cure for this disease and the latest information we are many months from a vaccination. There are no antibiotics that will have an affect on this disease. It is treated with fluids and rest. The best prevention is to avoid people who are sick, wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face. Proper precaution starts with common sense.
People should not be travelling outside of the country unless absolutely necessary. People outside of the country should return home at the earliest possible convenience and self quarantine for 14 days.
We also recommend that you have the necessary goods in your home to be able to look after yourself for 14 days in the event you are quarantined.
There are still no confirmed cases in the Slave Lake Region. The importance of remaining calm,listening to common sense, and getting the right information remain a best practice!
We will continue to post regular updates on the Town website.
UPDATE FROM THE PROVINCE March 15th, 2020 5:00 PM -----
March 15, 2020 Media inquiries
Aggressive additional public health measures are being implemented provincewide to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect Albertans, after new cases appear to be spreading into community settings.
“The new cases that have emerged today, particularly those demonstrating transmission into communities and school settings, means we need to put in place additional restrictions for schools, day cares, continuing care facilities, and worship gatherings. These decisions are not made lightly, and I know they will have a tremendous impact on Albertans’ day-to-day lives, particularly parents, children, and seniors. But it is crucial we do everything possible to contain and limit the spread of COVID-19.”
Effective immediately, students will no longer be attending classes in K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions until further notice. Post-secondary campuses will still remain open, but classes are cancelled. School authorities are expected to continue their regular day-to-day operations and ensure the safety of school facilities. Maintenance, capital projects, cleaning of facilities and administrative work will continue.
Every K-12 student will receive a final mark and students will progress to their next grade level next year. Provincial assessments, such as provincial achievement tests, will be cancelled. At this time, diploma exams essential for post-secondary acceptance will continue. Every student who is eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this year will graduate.
The Alberta government will also be working with post-secondary institutions to ensure that these extraordinary circumstances do not prevent students from being eligible for admission to post-secondary studies for the coming school year.
Teachers and other school staff will still be expected to work, either from home or at their workplace, to ensure these expectations are met. Decisions on how to do this are still to be made, and it may vary depending on the school jurisdiction.
All licensed child care, out-of-school care programs and preschool programs in Alberta are closed at this time, as well. Approved day homes are exempt because they care for fewer than seven children at a time. These programs are encouraged to use enhanced sanitation practices.
Places of worship are no longer exempt from the recommended restrictions on mass gatherings. Public health officials continue to recommend that all mass gatherings of 250 people or more are cancelled, and this now includes worship gatherings.
Any event that has more than 50 attendees and expects to have international participants, or involves critical infrastructure staff, seniors, or other high-risk populations, should also be cancelled.
Events that do not meet these criteria can proceed at this time, but risk mitigation must be in place, such as enforcing distancing of one to two metres between attendees and using sanitizer stations.
Only essential visits to any continuing care or long-term care facility in Alberta are recommended:
Travel outside of the country is not being recommended at this time. Given the rapid global spread of the virus, it is no longer possible to assess health risks for the duration of the trip.
Any traveller returning from outside of the country should self-isolate for 14 days, even if they are feeling well, and monitor for symptoms.
Any traveller who has returned before March 12 should closely monitor themselves for symptoms. If they experience symptoms, they should self-isolate immediately and call Health Link 811 for follow-up assessment and testing.
Update March 13th, 2020 4:00 PM -------
Effective March 13, 2020 the Northern Lights Aquatic Centre will be closed until March 30, 2020. We will be evaluating the potential opening or extension of the closure prior to the March 30th deadline.
The Alberta Lifesaving Society, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, recommends that activities in public swimming pools be cancelled due to the potential spread of COVID 19 based on:
As such, the Town of Slave Lake has decided to close the entire facility as a precaution.
Please note that at this time the Multi Recreation Centre (MRC) will not be closed. Please also note that many organizations within our community have decided to cancel their events (i.e. Slave Lake Minor Hockey) in light of the recommendation of AHS to cancel events based on the restriction of gatherings of 250 or more.
Please note the Town of Slave Lake is committed to public safety and will be monitoring the situation closely. For the most up to date information please see the Town’s webpage www.slavelake.ca
Update March 13th, 2020 12:55 PM --------
Just posted on Stage North Facebook Page. Please be advised that the Slocan Ramblers concert scheduled tomorrow at the Legcay Centre has been cancelled. Please follow Stage North for more details.
Update March 13th, 2020 8:00 AM --------
The Town of Slave Lake is currently reviewing our Business Continuity Plan.
The Province of Alberta has announced measures to follow for the coming weeks:
"Effective immediately, Albertans should avoid travel outside of Canada. All travellers returning from outside Canada should self-isolate for 14 days, even if feeling well.
We’re also asking organizers to cancel large gatherings and international events if they have:• More than 250 attendees• More than 50 attendees and includes international participants or involves critical infrastructure staff, seniors or other high-risk populations
This applies to sporting events, conferences and community events. It doesn’t apply to places of worship, grocery stores, airports or shopping centres."