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Posted on: March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus Update

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.

Get Help Now

Important Phone Numbers

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Update April 3rd 2020  1:30 PM----


A Message from GFL ----- In light of Covid-19 please BAG all waste within bins, no OVERLOADING bins and practice SOCIAL DISTANCING from our employees. We appreciate the support and thank you for your business.

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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 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/

Important Links: 

EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE: How To Apply For EI

EMERGENCY SUPPORT BENEFIT: Have You Been Laid Off Or Your Hours Reduced? Click Here

EMERGENCY INSURANCE SICKNESS BENEFIT: No Paid Sick Leave, Are You Quarantined, Sick? Click Here

EMERGENCY CARE BENEFIT: If You’re Unable To Claim E-I But Are Sick Or Quarantined and/or Are Taking Care Of Family Members: Click Here

NEED MORTGAGE HELP? Mortgage Support For Canadians

CHILD CARE BENEFITS: Increased Child Care Benefit Information

TAX DEADLINE: Filing Deadline For Individuals Pushed Back Until June 1st

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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. 

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. 

Important Links to remember: 

Canada COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Alberta Government COVID-19 Information

Alberta Health Services COVID-19 Information

Online Screening for COVID-19  

Alberta Government COVID-19 Stats

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Update March 31st, 2020  4:30 PM----

There are now 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 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/   

A list of businesses that are classified as essential can be found on the Provincial Government Website here. 

The Town of Slave Lake wants to remind residents that if you need to go out please practice social distancing. 



Important Links to remember: 

Canada COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Alberta Government COVID-19 Information

Alberta Health Services COVID-19 Information

Online Screening for COVID-19  

Alberta Government COVID-19 Stats

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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. 

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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.


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

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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

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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. 

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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. 

Enforcing measures to stop spread of COVID-19

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.”

Jason Kenney, Premier

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.”

Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

Public health orders subject to fines for violation include:

  • Any individual who has travelled outside of Canada must go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from their return, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.
  • Any individual who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the start of their symptoms, or until the symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. Symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or a sore throat.
  • Any individual who has been identified by as a close contact of a person(s) with COVID-19 must go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from the date of last having been exposed to COVID-19, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.
  • Mass gatherings must be limited to no more than 50 attendees.
  • Access to public recreational facilities, private entertainment facilities, bars and nightclubs is prohibited.
  • Visitation to long-term care and other continuing care facilities is limited to essential visitors only.

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.

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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.

EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE: How To Apply For EI

EMERGENCY SUPPORT BENEFIT: Have You Been Laid Off Or Your Hours Reduced? Click Here

EMERGENCY INSURANCE SICKNESS BENEFIT: No Paid Sick Leave, Are You Quarantined, Sick? Click Here

EMERGENCY CARE BENEFIT: If You’re Unable To Claim E-I But Are Sick Or Quarantined and/or Are Taking Care Of Family Members: Click Here

NEED MORTGAGE HELP? Mortgage Support For Canadians

CHILD CARE BENEFITS: Increased Child Care Benefit Information

TAX DEADLINE: Filing Deadline For Individuals Pushed Back Until June 1st

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UPDATE March 25th, 2020 12:20 PM -----

We have been notified that all Telus lines are currently working again.

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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.

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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.

Get Help Now

Important Phone Numbers


Mayor Warman’s Town Hall can be found here

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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

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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 needs
  • limit the number of times you leave your home for errands
  • go for a walk in your neighborhood or park while maintaining distance from others
  • wash or sanitize your hands after touching communal surfaces

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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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Update March 18th, 2020 6:30 PM -----

Mayor update 

  •  Going for point form today
  • 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 needed
  • Our 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

See You Tomorrow! 

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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

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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.

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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.”

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 Health

The 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.

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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. 

For all non emergencies please call the fire station at (780) 849-4110 or our on call phone at (780) 843-9639.

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.

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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 claim
  • Establishing a new dedicated toll-free phone number to support enquiries related to waiving the EI sickness benefits waiting period
  • Priority EI application processing for EI sickness claims for clients under quarantine
  • People claiming EI sickness benefits due to quarantine will not have to provide a medical certificate
  • People 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 delay

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:

  • Telephone: 1-833-381-2725 (toll-free)
  • Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-800-529-3742

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.

For all non emergencies please call the fire station at (780) 849-4110 or our on call phone at (780) 843-9639.

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.

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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!

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.

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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.

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.

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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: 

  1. Northern Lakes Aquatic Centre 
  2. Multi-Rec Centre
  3. Slave Lake Library 
  4. K-12 Schools
  5. All licensed child care facilities, out-of-school care programs and preschool programs
  6. Post-secondary classes are cancelled. Campuses will remain open.

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.

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Update March 15th, 2020 6:50 PM -------

Message from the Mayor;

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.

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UPDATE FROM THE PROVINCE  March 15th, 2020 5:00 PM -----

Update 2: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (March 15 at 4:30 p.m.)

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.

Latest updates

  • Effective immediately, student attendance at schools is prohibited.
  • Post-secondary classes are cancelled. Campuses will remain open.
  • All licensed child care facilities, out-of-school care programs and preschool programs are closed indefinitely.
  • All long-term care and other continuing care facilities are advised to limit visitation to essential visitors only.
  • Places of worship are no longer exempt from restrictions on mass gatherings.
  • 17 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Alberta, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 56. Three of the new cases are in the Edmonton zone and 14 are in the Calgary zone.
  • At least two cases identified in the last two days appear to have been acquired through community transmission from an unknown source, and seven cases occurred as a result of a single gathering in the Calgary zone.

“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.”


Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health


K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions

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.

Child care

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.

­Mass gatherings

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.

Visitation limits to continuing care and long-term care facilities

Only essential visits to any continuing care or long-term care facility in Alberta are recommended:

  • Individuals over 60 years of age and those with pre-existing health conditions are most at risk of severe symptoms from COVID-19.
  • Families and friends of those in these facilities are asked to think of other ways besides visiting that they can support and encourage their loved ones through this difficult time.

Recommended travel advice

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.

Quick facts

  • The most important measures that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practise good hygiene.

    • This includes cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately, and staying home and away from others if you are sick.
  • Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.
  • For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.

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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; and
  • cleaning 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.ca

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.

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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 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.

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Update March 13th, 2020 8:00 AM --------

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 populations

This 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

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.

Alberta Health Services
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