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News and Updates from The Town of Slave Lake about COVID-19.

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June 2, 2021 11:07 AM

Vaccine Update June 2nd 2021 --

Speeding up second-dose appointments

Everyone who’s already gotten their first dose, can soon book their second dose to get the best and longest lasting protection from COVID-19.

You don’t need to wait to be contacted to book an appointment once you’re eligible and you can choose where to get your second dose. 

If you got a first dose in March or earlier, you can book your second dose today.

Second dose for mRNA (Pfizer/Moderna) recipients

If you got an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) for your first dose, you should get an mRNA vaccine for your second dose to become fully vaccinated.

When to book

    First dose in March or earlier – book second dose starting June 1

    First dose in April – book second dose starting June 14

    First dose in May – book second dose starting June 28

How to book

    Visit any participating pharmacy

    Book with AHS (online or 811)

Book your Pfizer or Moderna second dose


Second dose for AstraZeneca recipients

If you got AstraZeneca for your first dose, you can choose either the AstraZeneca vaccine or an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer/Moderna) for your second dose. Both options provide protection and count as completing your immunization.

When to book

    First dose in March or earlier – book second dose starting June 1

    First dose April or later – book second dose at least 8 weeks after the first dose

How to book

    AstraZeneca second dose - Book with AHS (online or 811) or visit a pharmacy offering AstraZeneca

    mRNA second dose - Book with AHS (online or 811) or visit any participating pharmacy

Learn more about your second dose options after AstraZeneca


Second dose for profoundly immunocompromised

People who are profoundly immunocompromised and meet the eligibility criteria can book their second doses earlier.

When to book

    Pfizer or Moderna 21 to 28 days after your first dose

    AstraZeneca - 8 weeks after your first dose is recommended but you may choose to get your second dose as early as 28 days after your first dose

How to book

    Call 811 for an evaluation of your eligibility and to book your appointment. Do not call a pharmacy or use the AHS online booking tool. 

See the list of eligible conditions

Can’t find a spot?

Appointments are based on vaccine supply. More spots will be added as supply increases. Please be patient.


Can’t make your appointment?

If you already booked a shot but can’t make it, don’t forget to cancel or modify your appointment so no doses are wasted.


Need time off work?

All working Albertans can access 3 hours of paid, job-protected leave to get each dose of the vaccine. Learn more. 


Need a ride?

Isolated seniors and those with mobility challenges can call 211 for help finding a ride to an appointment.


Let's get back to normal

Alberta's Open for Summer Plan safely eases restrictions in 3 stages as vaccinations go up and hospitalizations go down. If Albertans continue doing their part to follow public health measures and get vaccinated, all restrictions could be lifted by early July.

     

Vaccines are safe, effective and vital. They make our immune systems stronger to help prevent and fight off diseases. Get vaccinated to protect yourself and those around you.

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May 27, 2021 9:51 AM

Covid-19 Update for Thursday May 27th 2021 -- 

Alberta's Open for Summer Plan:

Albertans have been working hard to stop the spike over the last few weeks. Active cases are going down and vaccination rates are going up.

Albertans have an incentive to continue following public health measures and get vaccinated as soon as possible. Alberta's Open for Summer Plan safely eases restrictions in 3 stages as vaccination targets are reached and hospitalizations decline. If Albertans continue doing their part, all restrictions could be lifted by late June or early July.

Alberta will enter Stage 1 on June 1. Until then, all current provincewide restrictions remain in place, with additional restrictions in high case regions.

This 3-stage roadmap outlines how restrictions will ease while protecting the health-care system and increasing vaccination rates in the province.

COVID-19 transmission will continue to be monitored. If required, a stage may be paused to respond to trends at regional or provincial levels. Sustained reopening will require Albertans to get fully vaccinated with 2 doses during the summer to prevent future spread.

These restriction changes apply provincewide. Additional details will be released before each stage.

Stage 1 Reopening Starts June 1st

Stage 1: Two weeks after 50% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose and hospitalizations are below 800 and declining. Effective June 1 unless stated otherwise.

  • Places of worship - 15% of fire code occupancy (effective May 28)
  • Outdoor social gatherings - up to 10 people (indoor social gatherings still not permitted)
  • Outdoor physical, performance and recreation activities - up to 10 distanced people, all ages
  • Personal and wellness services - re-open, by appointment only
  • Funeral services - up to 20 people, not including facility staff, funeral clery or organizers not considered guests (receptions remain prohibited)
  • Wedding ceremonies - up to 10 people, including officiant, bride/groom, witnesses (receptions remain prohibited)
  • Restaurants - 4 people per table max, outdoors, households only or 2 close contact for those living alone
  • Retail - 15% of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance)
  • Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect

Stage 2 Reopening

Stage 2: Two weeks after 60% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose and hospitalizations are below 500 and declining. Expected to be in effect mid-June.

  • Outdoor social gatherings - up to 20 people with distancing (indoor social gatherings still not permitted)
  • Indoor recreation, entertainment and other settings (rec centres, arenas, casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, libraries, etc.) - open at 1/3 of fire code occupancy
  • Gyms and fitness studios - open for solo and drop-in activities and indoor fitness classes with 3 metre distancing
  • Funeral services - up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only)
  • Wedding ceremonies - up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only)
  • Places of worship - 1/3 of fire code occupancy
  • Personal and wellness services - resume walk-in service
  • Post-secondary - resume in-person learning
  • Restaurants - 6 people per table max, indoors or outdoors
  • Retail - 1/3 of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance)
  • Youth activities (day camps, play centres) - resume with restrictions
  • Youth and adult sports - resume with no restrictions, indoors and outdoors
  • Outdoor public gatherings (concerts/festivals) - up to 150 people
  • Outdoor fixed seating facilities (grandstands) - 1/3 seated capacity
  • Work from home order is lifted but still recommended
  • Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect

Stage 3 Reopening

Stage 3: Two weeks after 70% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose. Expected to be effective in late June or early July.

  • All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings
  • Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain

https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx#open
May 5, 2021 11:06 AM

Covid-19 Update for Wednesday May 5th 2021 ---

The Town of Slave Lake and the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River No. 124 currently has 43 active cases, which puts the area at an active case rate of 398.6 per 100,000 population. The Alberta Government has implemented expanded restrictions for high case regions starting May 5th which the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River No. 124 now classifies for. This includes the Town of Slave Lake.

Starting May 5, additional restrictions come into effect for regions with at least 50 cases per 100,000 people, and at least 30 active cases.

These restrictions will be in place for at least 3 weeks and will be extended if necessary. Provincewide restrictions remain in effect for all other communities.

The expanded restrictions are as follows.

Gatherings – indoor and outdoor:

Mandatory, additional restrictions for high case regions – Effective May 5

Indoor gatherings
• All indoor gatherings remain prohibited.

Outdoor gatherings
• All outdoor social gatherings must be limited to no more than 5 people and a maximum of 2 household cohorts.
• Mandatory physical distancing must be maintained at all times between members of different households.

Fitness, performance & recreation activities – indoor and outdoor:

New additional restrictions for high case regions are effective 11:59pm on May 9th

Indoor activities:
-All indoor sport, performance and recreation activities for youth and adults are prohibited.
-Indoor fitness and recreation facilities must close, including for 1-on-1 training.

Outdoor activities:
• All outdoor sports and recreation activities are prohibited, except with members of your household, or your two close contacts if you live alone. This includes:
o all group physical activities, such as team sports, fitness classes, training sessions
o all one-on-one lessons and training activities
o all practices, training and games
• Outdoor recreation facilities can remain open unless specifically closed by public health order.
Professional sport organizations:
• Professional sport organizations that have received an exemption can continue, provided protocols are strictly followed.

Retail:

Mandatory, additional restrictions for high case regions – Effective May 5

• Retail services must limit customer capacity to 10% of fire code occupancy (not including staff) or a minimum of 5 customers. This includes individual stores and common areas.
• Shopping mall capacity limits will exclude common area square footage.
• Curbside pick-up, delivery and online services are encouraged.

Retail services include but are not limited to:
• Retail businesses
• Shopping centres and malls
• Grocery stores, markets and pharmacies
• Clothing and sporting goods stores
• Computer and technology stores
• Hardware and automotive
• Liquor and cannabis
• Pet supply stores
• Gift shops

Personal and Wellness Services:

New additional restrictions for high case regions are effective 11:59pm on May 9th

• Personal and wellness services, including hair salons, barbers, nail salons, estheticians, tattoos and piercing, must close.

Places of Worship:

Mandatory, additional restrictions for high case regions – Effective May 5

• Faith services are limited to 15 in-person attendees.
• Physical distancing between households must be maintained at all times.
• Virtual or online services are strongly recommended.
• Drive-in services where people do not leave their vehicles and adhere to guidance are allowed.

Funerals:

Mandatory, additional restrictions for high case regions – Effective May 5

• 10-people maximum for funerals, including participants and guests.
• Funeral receptions are not permitted.

Workplace Rules:

Mandatory, additional restrictions for high case regions – Effective May 5

• Any workplace, except work camps and essential and critical services, with transmission of 3 or more cases will be required by health officials to close for 10 days.
• Any workplace that does not comply will be subject to enforcement.
• Working from home remains mandatory unless the employer requires the employee's physical presence to operate effectively.
• Where at work for operational effectiveness, employees must mask for all indoor settings, except in work stations or where two-metre physical distancing or adequate physical barriers are in place.

Previous mandatory provincewide restrictions are still in effect with new additional restrictions. Those restrictions are as follows:

Out-of-town travel and Visitors:

Returning to Alberta

• If you do not have a household in Alberta, you must not stay in other people’s homes while these restrictions are in place.
• If you belong to the household, you are permitted to return to the home (e.g., child returning home from post-secondary).

Visitors to Alberta

• Out-of-town visitors cannot stay in other people's homes while these restrictions are in place, regardless of where they are coming from.

Schools and Post-secondary Move Online:

• Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools will transition to online learning, effective May 7.
• Post-secondary schools will transition to online learning, effective May 5.
• Childcare facilities can remain open.

Restaurants, bars, pubs, lounges and cafes (new restrictions May 9th)

• All in-person dining, including on patios, is prohibited.
• Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges, cafes and food courts can open for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery only.

Entertainment and recreation facilities:

Libraries must close.

All entertainment businesses and entities must remain closed, including:
• Casinos, bingo halls, gaming centres
• Racing centres, horse tracks, raceways
• Bowling alleys, pool halls
• Nightclubs
• Art galleries and museums
• Science and interpretive centres
• Amusement and water parks
• Children’s play centres and indoor playgrounds
• Movie theatres, auditoriums and concert halls

Banquet halls, Community halls, conference centres and hotels:

Wedding receptions, funeral receptions and trade shows are not permitted.

Hotels, motels, hunting and fishing lodges may remain open, but must follow restrictions – no spas or in-person dining (room services only).

Health, social, and professional services:

The following services can open by appointment only as long as public health orders and sector guidance is followed. Appointments should be limited to one-on-one services.

Regulated health services can open by appointment only
• physicians, dentists
• physical therapists
• optometrists
• chiropractors
• hearing aid practitioners
• acupuncturists
• naturopaths

Non-regulated health services can open by appointment only (effective Jan. 18, 2021)
• massage therapists (a prescription or referral is no longer required)
• manual osteopaths
• kinesiologists
• athletic therapists

Professional services can remain open by appointment only:
• lawyers
• mediators
• accountants
• photographers

Social services can remain open for in-person services including:
• social, protective or emergency services
• shelters for vulnerable persons
• not-for-profit community kitchens, religious kitchens and soup kitchens

Home-based businesses should follow the restrictions for the type of service they provide.
For more information please refer to https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx.

https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx