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News and Updates from The Town of Slave Lake about COVID-19.
Mayor Update for 8:30 PM——- 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.http://www.slavelake.ca/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=867
Update April 3rd 2020 5:00 PM----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/ Alberta Health Services has resources and services available to help you or someone you know. Remember, if you are struggling you are not alone. There are supports in place to help you.
Update April 2nd 2020 4:30 PM----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.
Update April 1st, 2020 6:15 PM----We have been getting alot of questions over the last hour about recycling curb-side pick up. At this time recycling is still being picked up on your regularly schedule pick-up day. There has not been a change in service due to COVID-19. Recycling and Garbage Curb-side Pick Up Schedule: Wednesday - North East and North of 6th Ave. South East.Thursday's - North West and the South Side of 6th Ave South East Friday's - Gloryland, Fournier Place, Sunset Place, and the South West
Update April 1st, 2020 4:30 PM----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.
Update March 31st, 2020 4:45 PM----There are still only two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Slave Lake area as of March 31st, 2020. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 754, resulting in 64 new cases since Mondays Update.It was announced that an Albertan in the Calgary Area has passed away from COVID-19. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.In yesterday Mayor VLOG, that was published on facebook, Mayor Warman spoke about concerns he has heard about residents in Slave Lake who have recently returned home from international travels, and 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 these nature can be filed with the provincial government at the following link.
Update March 31st, 2020 9:30 AM---- With the Easter Holiday Season coming up starting next Friday, The Town of Slave Lake will adjust the day and time we will be open for walk-ins to the public next week. The Town Office will be open for walk-ins on Thursday April 9th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, including the lunch hour. Our Staff are still available via phone and email during regular business hours for the rest of the week.The Town Office will be closed on Good Friday (Friday April 10th) and Easter Monday (Monday April 13th). To help ensure the Town stops the spread of COVID-19, The MRC, and Northern Lights Aquatic Centre will remain closed until April 30th.
Update March 30th, 2020 5:35PM ---- There are now only two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Slave Lake area as of March 30th, 2020. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 690, resulting in 29 new cases since Sunday. Of those 690 confirmed cases, 94 albertans have recovered from COVID-19 according to Alberta's Chief Health Officer. It was announced that 5 Albertans have passed away from COVID-19, 2 in Calgary, 2 in Edmonton, and 1 in the North Zone. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.While we may be separated by distance, but know that we are all in this together.
Update March 27th, 2020 ---- 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.
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 coming home should not stop for gas. He was referring to residents who are flying into Edmonton, they should not stop and get gas but go directly home. Snowbirds 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.
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 -----There are still only three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Slave Lake.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.Alberta Health Services has resources and services available to help you or someone you know. Remember, if you are struggling you are not alone. There are supports in place to help you.Important Phone NumbersAddiction Helpline – 1-866-332-2322Family Violence – Find Supports – 310-1818Income Supports – 1-866-644-5135Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868Mental Health Helpline – 1-877-303-2642MyHealth.Alberta.ca: List of Important NumbersToll Free Crisis Line / Distress Centres780 area code: 1-800-482-4357403 area code: 1-800-784-2433
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: keep at least 6 feet (the length of a bicycle) from others when going out for groceries, medical trips and other essential needslimit the number of times you leave your home for errandsgo for a walk in your neighborhood or park while maintaining distance from otherswash or sanitize your hands after touching communal surfacesTomorrow 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.
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.
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."
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. 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.
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.
Update March 18th, 2020 6:30 PM -----Mayor update Escaped the rest of the world at 4:00 PM and came home for a change to spend time with my kids. Jumped on the backyard rink with them thinking I was Connor Mcdavid, turns out I make a better Zamboni! On a more serious note 22 new cases of Covid-19 today brining total to 119. Of that only 6 appear to be community transmission. The rest are all linked to travel. Still NO CONFIRMED cases in Slave Lake.Have been asked why we have not declared a local state of emergency. If any community knows what the purpose of that is….its us. It enables us to enact extraordinary powers and possibly recoup spending. At this point its not needed, but we are not afraid to utilize at a moments notice if we need to. Rest assured the process to enact this takes a few minutes so not a lot of preparation is neededOur staff continues to work on business continuity plans and we expect to announce further measures tomorrow to limit our interaction with the public and protect our staff. The Federal government and Provincial Government both made announcements about financial support coming for businesses, Canadians, Albertans, First Nation and Metis. Typically government makes announcements and then works on the logistics of those announcements afterwards. We expect programs to roll out that determine who, what, when and how to access over the next few days. As we get that information we will share on the Town website.Questions from business community about what we should be doing and looking for advice. I am by no means an expert, but I will say talking to your bank about deferring loans, increasing lines of credit, and limiting all expenditures have been the measures I have made in my own business. For individuals, there is financial support coming for people who have lost hours of work, qualify for EI benefits, don’t qualify for EI benefits and for those who have had to isolate. Once again more info will be shared when it becomes available.As for individuals, tax filing has been delayed until June 1, Alberta registries has provided some great online options for renewal as well as extending deadlines.Additionally major banks have announced payment deferrals for mortgages. I encourage you to talk to your banker to take advantage of those. The province is also in discussion with utility companies to see what payment deferrals can be made in regards to that service as well.Reminder to people to social distance, stay home if you have symptoms and isolate. Call 811 or use the self assessment tool and if your symptoms warrant it, AHS will send someone to your door to collect a swab for testing. Parents are reminded to enjoy the opportunity to invest quality time with their children, provide structure, be your best, and remember that your effort and patience is needed now more than ever.Current modeling shows the peak of infection approx. 4 weeks from now but admit it’s the “best guess”.Current information indicates a vaccine will not be available to the public until 2021.This is a marathon, not a race.Remember to fuel your physical and mental well being, enjoy the little things and enjoy the opportunities our current situation provides. Learn a new language, practice a new skill, read a book, learn a instrument are just some suggestions I can provide. Attitude and quality of life go hand in hand and perspective is everything.
UPDATE March 18th 2020, 11:30 AM ------ The Government of Canada is taking strong and quick action to protect our economy, and the health, safety, and jobs of all Canadians during the global COVID-19 outbreak.The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy and help Canadians affected by the impacts of 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, plus $55 billion to meet liquidity needs of Canadian businesses and households through tax deferrals to help stabilize the economy. Combined, this $82 billion in support represents more than 3 per cent of Canada’s GDP. This wide-ranging support will help ensure Canadians can pay for rent and groceries, and help businesses continue to pay their employees and their bills during this time of uncertainty.This plan builds on coordinated action taken since the beginning of this outbreak, including the more than $1 billion COVID-19 Response Fund, which provided funding to provinces and territories to strengthen critical health care systems. It represents over $500 billion in credit and liquidity support for people and businesses through cooperation between financial Crown corporations, the Bank of Canada, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), and commercial lenders to ensure businesses can continue to operate.The actions announced today are part of Canada’s whole-of-government response to COVID-19. As a first step, this plan aims to stabilize our economy through targeted measures to address immediate challenges faced by workers and businesses alike. It will help ensure that workers have the money they need while they are sick or in isolation, or due to loss of work or a significant reduction in work income, and help support people and businesses experiencing financial hardship because of the outbreak.Canadians should not make health decisions based on their financial needs. As the situation continues to evolve, further measures will be announced to support Canadians, stimulate the economy, and protect peoples’ jobs and livelihoods..Support for workersCanadians should not have to worry about paying their rent or mortgage or buying groceries because of the COVID-19 crisis. To support workers and their families, the Government of Canada is taking action to:Provide additional assistance to families with children by temporarily boosting Canada Child Benefit payments. This measure would deliver almost $2 billion in extra support.Introduce an Emergency Care Benefit of up to $900 bi-weekly for up to 15 weeks to provide income support to workers who must stay home and do not have access to paid sick leave. This measure could provide up to $10 billion to Canadians, and includes:Workers, including the self-employed, who are sick, quarantined, or who have been directed to self-isolate but do not qualify for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits.Workers, including the self-employed, who are taking care of a family member who is sick with COVID-19, such as an elderly parent or other dependents who are sick, but do not qualify for EI sickness benefits.EI-eligible and non EI-eligible working parents who must stay home without pay because of children who are sick or who need additional care because of school closures.Introduce an Emergency Support Benefit delivered through the Canada Revenue Agency to provide up to $5 billion in support to workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment.Provide additional assistance to individuals and families with low and modest incomes with a special top-up payment under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) credit. This measure would inject $5.5 billion in the economy.Waive, for a minimum of six months, the mandatory one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits for workers in imposed quarantine or who have been directed to self-isolate, as announced on March 11.Waive the requirement for a medical certificate to access EI sickness benefits.Extend the tax filing deadline for individuals to June 1, and allow all taxpayers to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. This measure will result in households having more money available during this period.Provide eligible small businesses a 10 per cent wage subsidy for the next 90 days, up to a maximum of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. Employers benefiting from this measure would include corporations eligible for the small business deduction, as well as not-for-profit organisations and charities. This will help employers keep people on their payroll and help Canadians keep their jobs.Provide increased flexibility to lenders to defer mortgage payments on homeowner government-insured mortgage loans to borrowers who may be experiencing financial difficulties related to the outbreak. Insurers will permit lenders to allow payment deferral beginning immediately.In addition, to provide targeted support for vulnerable groups, the Government is investing to:Reduce minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) by 25 per cent for 2020 in recognition of volatile market conditions and their impact on many seniors’ retirement savings.Implement a six-month, interest-free, moratorium on Canada Student Loan payments for all individuals who are in the process of repaying these loans.Provide $305 million for a new distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund, to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation communities.Support women and children fleeing violence by providing up to $50 million to women’s shelters and sexual assault centres to help with their capacity to manage or prevent an outbreak in their facilities. This includes funding for facilities in Indigenous communities.Provide an additional $157.5 million to address the needs of Canadians experiencing homelessness through the Reaching Home program.Support for businessesIn the face of an uncertain economic situation and tightening credit conditions, the Government is taking action to help affected businesses. To support Canadian businesses and help them retain their workers during this difficult time, the Government is announcing measures to:Allow all businesses to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. This measure will result in businesses having more money available during this period.Increase the credit available to small, medium, and large Canadian businesses. As announced on March 13, a new Business Credit Availability Program will provide more than $10 billion of additional support to businesses experiencing cash flow challenges through the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada. The Government is ready to provide more capital through these financial Crown corporations.Further expand Export Development Canada’s ability to provide support to domestic businesses.Provide flexibility on the Canada Account limit, to allow the Government to provide additional support to Canadian businesses, when deemed to be in the national interest, to deal with exceptional circumstances.Augment credit available to farmers and the agri-food sector through Farm Credit Canada.Launch an Insured Mortgage Purchase Program to purchase up to $50 billion of insured mortgage pools through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). As announced on March 16, this will provide stable funding to banks and mortgage lenders and support continued lending to Canadian businesses and consumers. CMHC stands ready to further support liquidity and the stability of the financial markets through its mortgage funding programs as necessary. The Government will enable these measures by raising CMHC’s legislative limits to guarantee securities and insure mortgages by $150 billion each.The six largest financial institutions in Canada have made a commitment to work with personal and small business banking customers on a case-by-case basis to provide flexible solutions to help them manage through challenges, such as pay disruption due to COVID-19, childcare disruption due to school or daycare closures, or those suffering from COVID-19. As a first step, this support will include up to a six-month payment deferral for mortgages, and the opportunity for relief on other credit products. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor evolving economic conditions and seek greater relief measures should it be necessary.In order to move forward with implementing these new measures needed to provide timely support for Canadians and to ensure the Government has every tool at its disposal to address potential challenges that may arise, the Government intends to introduce special legislation and seek the approval of Parliament.The Government of Canada will continue to take further action as required to prioritize the health and safety of Canadians, stabilize the economy, and mitigate the economic impact of this pandemic.
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 - 2:20 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 pandemicAlberta’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.”Jason Kenney, Premier“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.”Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of HealthThe additional measures include:Mass gatherings are now limited to no more than 50 attendees. This includes worship gatherings and family events such as weddings. Grocery stores, shopping centres, health-care facilities, airports, the legislature and other essential services are not included.To limit the amount of time Albertans are spending in large crowds and crowded spaces, all Albertans are prohibited from attending public recreational facilities and private entertainment facilities, including gyms, swimming pools, arenas, science centres, museums, art galleries, community centres, children’s play centres, casinos, racing entertainment centres, and bingo halls.Sit-down restaurants, cafés, coffee shops, food courts and other food-serving facilities, including those with a minors-allowed liquor license, are limited to 50 per cent capacity to a maximum of 50 people. Take-out, delivery or drive-through service is permitted. Licensed facilities will also be permitted to deliver liquor.At this time, not-for-profit community kitchens, soup kitchens and religious kitchens are exempt, but sanitization practices are expected to be in place and support will be in place for this practice.Until further notice, all Albertans are restricted from attending bars and nightclubs, where minors are prohibited by law.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.
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:The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits will be waived for new claimants who are quarantined so they can be paid for the first week of their claimEstablishing a new dedicated toll-free phone number to support enquiries related to waiving the EI sickness benefits waiting periodPriority EI application processing for EI sickness claims for clients under quarantinePeople claiming EI sickness benefits due to quarantine will not have to provide a medical certificatePeople who cannot complete their claim for EI sickness benefits due to quarantine may apply later and have their EI claim backdated to cover the period of delayContact 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:Telephone: 1-833-381-2725 (toll-free)Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-800-529-3742If 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 2:15 PM -------As of 2:00 P.M. on March 16th the Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service Halls will close its doors to all public as they continue to try and mitigate risk to the Lesser Slave Regional firefighters. This will help ensure ensure they can adequately respond to emergencies in our region. All public events, inspections and training has also been cancelled at this time. If you need help in an emergency please call 911, if you have been experiencing symptoms please ensure you let the 911 operator know so emergency services can take precautions and better serve you. For all non emergencies please call the fire station at (780) 849-4110 or our on call phone at (780) 843-9639.
Update March 16th, 2020 12:30 PM ------- Reminder that the following facilities are closed until further notice: Northern Lakes Aquatic Centre, Multi-Rec Centre, Slave Lake Library, K-12 Schools, All licensed child care facilities, out-of-school care programs and preschool programs, Post-secondary classes are cancelled. Campuses will remain open.
Update March 16th, 2020 12:30 PM -------The Town of Slave Lake 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.
NEWS UPDATE FROM THE PROVINCE ---- 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.
FROM THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA ---- 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.
COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta News Update from the Province of AlbertaEffective 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.
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:restriction of gatherings of 250 or more;social distancing requirements;risk of transmissions individuals who have the flu or flu like symptoms; andcleaning and sanitization.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.caAt 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 sickHealth 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 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.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 sickHealth 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.
The Town of Slave Lake continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and is committed to providing accurate health information from reliable sources. 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 populationsThis applies to sporting events, conferences and community events. It doesn’t apply to places of worship, grocery stores, airports or shopping centres."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