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Posted on: March 15, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus Update

Update July 13th, 2020  4:15 PM ---

The Slave Lake Region still has zero active cases of COVID-19.  Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 8,826. To date there have been 161 deaths in relation to COVID-19, Town Council and Administration extend our condolences to the families of those who have lost their life to COVID-19. 

The Slave Lake Region is still flattening the curve. We have not seen an active case of COVID-19 in our Region since May. The Town of Slave Lake wishes to remind all residents to maintain social distancing where appropriate, continue to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and stay home if you are not feeling well.  

The Federal Government announced, earlier this morning, that they would be extending CEWS (Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy) until the end of the year. Businesses can apply for CEWS on the federal governments website. 

The Provincial Government also announced, earlier this afternoon, that 20 million more free masks would be available at A&W, McDonalds Canada, and Tim Hortons. Wearing a non-medical mask when it’s difficult to maintain physical distancing of two metres is one way we can continue to limit the spread of COVID-19 as we relaunch our province. This initiative is a key part of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy to safely reopen our economy while protecting Albertans from COVID-19.

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Update July 2nd, 2020  4:30 PM ---

The Slave Lake Region still has zero active cases of COVID-19.  Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 8,202. To date there have been 155 deaths in relation to COVID-19, Town Council and Administration extend our condolences to the families of those who have lost their life to COVID-19. 

Our Staff have been hard at work preparing the MRC to reopen. We are pleased to announced that the Multi-Rec Centre is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday July 13th with new health and safety guidelines. The MRC will be open Monday to Friday from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and will be closed Saturday and Sundays.

While the Slave Lake Region has not seen an active case of COVID-19 since May. The Town of Slave Lake wishes to remind all residents to maintain social distancing where appropriate, continue to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and stay home if you are not feeling well.  

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Update June 22nd, 2020 4:30 PM ---

The Slave Lake Region still has zero active cases of COVID-19.  Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 7,736. To date there have been 153 deaths in relation to COVID-19, Town Council and Administration extend our condolences to the families of those who have lost their life to COVID-19. 

On June 12, 2020, the Province of Alberta entered Phase 2, of the Alberta Relaunch Strategy. Our staff are actively reviewing the provincial guidelines and working toward dates when our facilities (such as the Multi-Recreation Centre and Northern Lights Aquatic Centre) can re-open within the requirements.  We will make further announcements specific to facility, as the plans are formulated.


While we have entered into Phase II of the relaunch strategy, the Town of Slave Lake wishes to remind all residents to maintain social distancing, washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and stay home if you are not feeling well.  

After announcement from the Federal Government, we have learned that CERB is being extended by eight weeks.  For those wishing to apply for CERB, please click here. 

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Update June 15th, 2020 4:00 PM ---

The Slave Lake Region still has zero active cases of COVID-19.  Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 7,453. To date there have been 151 deaths in relation to COVID-19, Town Council and Administration extend our condolences to the families of those who have lost their life to COVID-19. 

The Government of Canada announced today that the government is working on an extension of CERB benefits. The details for this extension are expected to be announced later this week.

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Update June 8th, 2020 4:30 PM ---

The Slave Lake Region still has zero active cases of COVID-19.  Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 7,202. To date there have been 149 deaths in relation to COVID-19, Town Council and Administration extend our condolences to the families of those who have lost their life to COVID-19. 


Starting today, you can get 4 free non-medical masks per person at any Slave Lake A&W, McDonald’s or Tim Hortons drive-thru locations. These are available while supplies last with no purchase necessary.  Masks will not be distributed inside restaurants.

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Update June 1st, 2020 4:30 PM ---

The Slave Lake Region still has zero active cases of COVID-19.  Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 7,044. To date there have been 143 deaths in relation to COVID-19, Town Council and Administration extend our condolences to the families of those who have lost their life to COVID-19. 


Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced asymptomatic testing for the novel coronavirus will begin province-wide immediately.  Priority will still be given to those with symptoms or who are close contacts of someone with COVID-19, but anyone can seek a test, even if they have no symptoms of COVID-19.

The Town of Slave Lake wants to remind residents that the Multi-Rec Centre, and the Northern Lights Aquatic Centre is still closed until further notice. Residents wishing to conduct business with the Town can still call 780-849-8000 to speak with one of our staff, or stop by every friday between 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM to speak with one of our staff in person. 

It was announced earlier today that the Legacy Centre will be suspending all public programming until further notice. 

Those seeking federal assistance during COVID-19 can apply for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit by clicking on the link below. 

Apply for the CERB 

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Update May 29th, 2020 4:30 PM ---

While the Slave Lake Region has not seen an increase in positive cases of COVID-19, The Town of Slave Lake reminds all residents to continue practice social distancing where required, adn continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds. Also if you are feeling sick please stay home.  

Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 6,979. To date there have been 143 deaths in relation to COVID-19, Town Council and Administration extend our condolences to the families of those who have lost their life to COVID-19. 


Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced asymptomatic testing for the novel coronavirus will begin province-wide immediately.  Priority will still be given to those with symptoms or who are close contacts of someone with COVID-19, but anyone can seek a test, even if they have no symptoms of COVID-19.

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Update May 27th, 2020 4:00 PM --- 

The Slave Lake Region currently zero active cases of COVID-19 in the Slave Lake Region. . The Town of Slave Lake reminds residents to continue practice social distancing,  continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds, and if you are feeling sick please stay home.  

Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 6,926. To date there have been 141 deaths in relation to COVID-19, Town Council and Administration extend our condolences to the families of those who have lost their life to COVID-19. 


With Alberta now in phase 1 of our Relaunch strategy, we want to take this moment and ask businesses who have re-opened or are preparing for reopening their businesses to submit updated information to the Town for our COVID-19 Status of Businesses/Non Profits Webpage. Submit your information below! At the end of the month we will send an updated list to all of our newsletter subscribers!

http://www.slavelake.ca/FormCenter/Other-27/Town-of-Slave-Lake-COVID19-Newsletter-176

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Update May 25th, 2020 5:15 PM --- 

There are currently 0 active cases of COVID-19 in the Slave Lake Region. 5 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed earlier, but have as of today all recovered. The Town of Slave Lake reminds residents to continue practice social distancing,  continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds, and if you are feeling sick please stay home.  

Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 6,879. To date there have been 138 deaths in relation to COVID-19, Town Council and Administration extend our condolences to the families of those who have lost their life to COVID-19. 


Please remember that The Town of Slave Lake is not under a Fire Ban. Backyard fires are allowed. 


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Update May 22nd, 2020 4:00 P.M. --- 

There are currently 0 active cases of COVID-19 in the Slave Lake Region. 5 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed earlier, but have as of today all recovered. The Town of Slave Lake reminds residents to continue practice social distancing,  continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds, and if you are feeling sick please stay home.  

Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 6,800. To date there have been 134 deaths in relation to COVID-19, Town Council and Administration extend our condolences to the families of those who have lost their life to COVID-19. 


Please remember that The Town of Slave Lake is not under a Fire Ban. Backyard fires are allowed. 


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Update May 20th, 2020 5:00 P.M. --- 

There are currently 0 active cases of COVID-19 in the Slave Lake Region. 5 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed earlier, but have as of today all recovered. The Town of Slave Lake reminds residents to continue practice social distancing,  continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds, and if you are feeling sick please stay home.  

Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 6,735. To date there have been 128 deaths in relation to COVID-19, Town Council and Administration extend our condolences to the families of those who have lost their life to COVID-19. 

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Update May 11th, 2020 5:15 PM

There are currently 0 active cases of COVID-19 in the Slave Lake Region. 5 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed earlier, but have as of today all recovered. The Town of Slave Lake reminds residents to continue practice social distancing,  continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds, and if you are feeling sick please stay home.  

Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 6,407. To date there have been 120 deaths in relation to COVID-19, Town Council and Administration extend our condolences to the families of those who have lost their life to COVID-19. 


Stage one of Alberta’s relaunch strategy puts safety first as restrictions are gradually lifted. With enhanced testing capacity and contact tracing ability, along with a rapid response plan in place in the event of possible outbreaks, the province is ready to take the first incremental steps to reopen some businesses and services.

With increased infection prevention and control measures to minimize the risk of increased transmission of infections, some businesses and facilities can start to resume operations on May 14 in all areas except the cities of Calgary and Brooks:
  • Retail businesses, such as clothing, furniture and bookstores. All vendors at farmers markets will also be able to operate.
  • Museums and art galleries.
  • Daycares and out-of-school care with limits on occupancy.
  • Hairstyling and barbershops.
  • Cafés, restaurants, pubs and bars will be permitted to reopen for table service only at 50 per cent capacity.
  • Day camps, including summer school, will be permitted with limits on occupancy.
  • Post-secondary institutions will continue to deliver courses; however, there will be more flexibility to include in-person delivery once the existing health order prohibiting in-person classes is lifted.
  • Places of worship and funeral services, if they follow specific guidance already online.
  • The resumption of some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries will continue gradually.
  • Regulated health professions are permitted to offer services as long as they continue to follow approved guidelines set by their professional colleges.

The new alberta.ca/bizconnect web page provides business owners with information on health and safety guidelines for general workplaces, as well as sector-specific guidelines for those able to open in stage one. Businesses allowed to reopen during stage one will be subject to strict infection prevention and control measures, and will be carefully monitored for compliance with public health orders. It will be up to each business operator to determine if they are ready to open and ensure all guidance has been met.

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Update May 11th, 2020 4:00 PM --- 

There are currently 0 active cases of COVID-19 in the Slave Lake Region. 5 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed earlier, but have as of today all recovered. The Town of Slave Lake reminds residents to continue practice social distancing,  continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds, and if you are feeling sick please stay home.  

Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 6,300. To date there have been 117 deaths in relation to COVID-19, Town Council and Administration extend our condolences to the families of those who have lost their life to COVID-19. 

Important Numbers: 
  • Alberta’s Mental Health Helpline is available 24-7 toll-free and offers confidential support for mental health concerns: 1-877-303-2642.
  • Alberta’s Addiction Helpline is available 24-7 toll-free and offers confidential support for alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and problem gambling: 1-866-332-2322
  • The Kids Help Phone is available 24-7 and offers professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people by texting CONNECT to 686868.
  • The Crisis Text Line Alberta is a service available 24-7 that offers information, referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support for Albertans of all ages, by texting CONNECT to 741741.
  • Alberta 211 is a free helpline that connects Albertans to community and social services in their area 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in over 150 languages.
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Update May 8th, 2020 4:30 PM --- 

According to Alberta Heath Services the 1 case that was identified as active in the Slave Lake Region earlier this week is no longer the case. AHS states that there have only been 5 cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake and all have recovered. The Town of Slave Lake reminds residents to continue practice social distancing,  continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds, and if you are feeling sick please stay home.  

Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 6,098

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Update May 6th, 2020 4:30 PM --- 

The Slave Lake Region now has 1 confirmed case of COVID-19 according to Alberta Health Services. 5 cases have now recovered. The Town of Slave Lake reminds residents to continue practice social distancing,  continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds, and if you are feeling sick please stay home.  


Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 5,963.

As part of its relaunch strategy, the Government of Alberta has launched a voluntary, secure mobile contact tracing application to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Quick tracing and containment of outbreaks is critical as the province works to gradually relaunch the economy. The ABTraceTogether app will enhance the current manual tracing process and help Albertans protect themselves and their loved ones.

Contact tracing is currently performed by interviewing patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, which is resource intensive and has limitations on its effectiveness as it relies on the patient’s memory. Through wireless Bluetooth technology, mobile contact tracing will complement the work of health-care workers and drastically speed up the current manual tracing process. This means Albertans will be contacted more quickly if they are at risk.

Protecting Albertans’ privacy is paramount. Use of the app is voluntary, and users must opt-in. Only your phone number is collected at the time of registering the app. The application does not track the user’s location and does not use your GPS. Data is only stored on the user’s phone in an encrypted format for 21 days only. Users must consent to sharing their data if they have tested positive for COVID-19. The only information shared with contact tracers is a random ID of those identified as close contacts after a user is diagnosed with COVID-19 – nothing identifiable is exchanged between phones. Users must be within two metres from each other for a total duration of 15 minutes in a 24-hour period in order to be notified as a close contact.

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Update May 4th, 2020 4:00 PM --- 

The Slave Lake Region still has no active cases of COVID-19 according to Alberta Health Services. All 5 cases have now recovered. The Town of Slave Lake reminds residents to continue practice social distancing,  continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds, and if you are feeling sick please stay home.  
Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 5,836.
There has now been 104 confirmed deaths due to the virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.
Moving forward our daily updates will only Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays, or when something new happens with the numbers of cases in the Slave Lake Region. 

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Update May 3rd, 2020 6:10 PM---

The Slave Lake Region now has no active cases of COVID-19 according to Alberta Health Services. All 5 cases have now recovered. The Town of Slave Lake reminds residents to continue practice social distancing,  continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds, and if you are feeling sick please stay home.  

Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 5,766.

There has now been 95 confirmed deaths due to the virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.

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Update May 1st, 2020 4:15 PM---

The Slave Lake Region still only has 1 active case of COVID-19. Please note that Alberta Health Services does not provide names or where in the region the case is.  The Town of Slave Lake reminds residents to continue practice social distancing,  continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds, and if you are feeling sick please stay home.  

Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 5,573.

There has now been 92 confirmed deaths due to the virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.


News From the Province:

As part of its relaunch strategy, the Government of Alberta has launched a voluntary, secure mobile contact tracing application to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Quick tracing and containment of outbreaks is critical as the province works to gradually relaunch the economy. The ABTraceTogether app will enhance the current manual tracing process and help Albertans protect themselves and their loved ones.

Contact tracing is currently performed by interviewing patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, which is resource intensive and has limitations on its effectiveness as it relies on the patient’s memory. Through wireless Bluetooth technology, mobile contact tracing will complement the work of health-care workers and drastically speed up the current manual tracing process. This means Albertans will be contacted more quickly if they are at risk.

Protecting Albertans’ privacy is paramount. Use of the app is voluntary, and users must opt-in. Only your phone number is collected at the time of registering the app. The application does not track the user’s location and does not use your GPS. Data is only stored on the user’s phone in an encrypted format for 21 days only. Users must consent to sharing their data if they have tested positive for COVID-19. The only information shared with contact tracers is a random ID of those identified as close contacts after a user is diagnosed with COVID-19 – nothing identifiable is exchanged between phones. Users must be within two metres from each other for a total duration of 15 minutes in a 24-hour period in order to be notified as a close contact.

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Update April 30th, 2020 4:30 PM---

The Slave Lake Region still only has 1 active case of COVID-19. Please note that Alberta Health Services does not provide names or where in the region the case is.  The Town of Slave Lake reminds residents to continue practice social distancing,  continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds, and if you are feeling sick please stay home.  

Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 5,355.

News From the Province:


Premier Jason Kenney announced the first stop in reopening the economy this afternoon. The plan to move forward requires careful and ongoing monitoring and respecting all guidelines outlined by the chief medical officer of health:

  • Alberta Health Services will resume some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries as soon as May 4.
  • Dental and other health-care workers, such as physiotherapists, speech language pathologists, respiratory therapists, audiologists, social workers, occupational therapists, dieticians and more, will be allowed to resume services starting May 4, as long as they are following approved guidelines set by their professional colleges.

Recognizing the role that access to the outdoors and recreation in the outdoors plays to Albertans’ sense of well-being, access to provincial parks and public lands will be re-opened using a phased approach, beginning with:

  • Vehicle access to parking lots and staging areas in parks and on public lands opening May 1.
  • Opening a number of boat launches in provincial parks on May 1 and working to have them all open by May 14. Check albertaparks.ca for the status of boat launches.
  • Government is working hard to make campsites available as soon as possible, with the goal to have as many open as possible by June 1 so Albertans can enjoy our parks while adhering to current health orders. At this time, sites are open to Albertans only. Check albertaparks.ca for updates.
  • Group and comfort camping will not be offered. Campground facility access restrictions to areas such as showers, picnic and cooking shelters will also be posted to albertaparks.ca.
  • Alberta Parks’ online reservation system will be available May 14 to book site visits beginning June 1. Out-of-province bookings will not be processed.
  • No washrooms or garbage pickup will be available within provincial parks at this time. These services will be available as soon as Alberta Environment and Parks brings staff back. These seasonal positions represent an important opportunity for Albertans to secure employment during challenging economic times.
  • Fire bans in parks, protected areas and the Forest Protection Area remain in place.
  • No off-highway vehicle restrictions are currently in place. Local restrictions may be required if the risk for wildfires increases.
  • Private and municipal campgrounds and parks can open with physical distancing restrictions, under their own local authority.
  • Golf courses can open on May 4, with restrictions including keeping clubhouses and pro shops closed. On-site shops and restaurants can open in stage one, consistent with other businesses and retailers.
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Update April 29th, 2020 4:10 PM --

The Slave Lake Region still only has 1 active case of COVID-19. Please note that Alberta Health Services does not provide names or where in the region the case is.  The Town of Slave Lake reminds residents to continue practice social distancing,  continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds, and if you are feeling sick please stay home.  

Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 5,165

There has now been 87 confirmed deaths due to the virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.


Are you offering a service of support, or program for residents to utilize during the COVID-19? The Town of Slave Lake is compiling a list for publication that residents can access and find on our town website. Please submit your information today. Each day during this pandemic we will be showcasing and giving details out on social media and on our website about programs and services being provided in the community. 

Todays Program we want to highlight is the Slave Lake Walking and Running Club. Reconnect with your community through fun exercise in such an isolating time, this group is here to connect and motivate members through posts and comments within our Facebook group, Slave Lake Running and Walking Club. Distance routes for different parts of town will be shared along with fun games everyone can participate in! Try out our routes and games, post about your run, and motivate others in the group! Click the link here to join the Club today.

Again we would like to remind residents Slave Lake Forest Area is currently under a fire ban, but the Town of Slave Lake is allowing fires in back yard fire pits.

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Update April 28th, 2020 4:15 PM --

There have been five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating four cases have recovered. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 4,850.

Since Alberta Health Services began tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, there has been 80 confirmed deaths due to the Virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.

Are you offering a service of support, or program for residents to utilize during the COVID-19? The Town of Slave Lake is compiling a list for publication that residents can access and find on our town website. Please submit your information today. Each day during this pandemic we will be showcasing and giving details out on social media and on our website about programs and services being provided in the community. 

Todays Service we would like to highlight is The Northern Haven Support Society. The Northern Haven Support Society provides support to those in the Slave Lake area who have been impacted by Family Violence and Domestic Abuse. If you are living in the Slave Lake area and are experiencing or attempting to leave domestic abuse or have recently left an abusive relationship are having troubles they can help. For more information please contact Northern Have at 780-849-4418 or Toll Free at 1-8770214-4418. You can also email northernhaven@hotmail.com

Again we would like to remind residents Slave Lake Forest Area is currently under a fire ban, but the Town of Slave Lake is allowing fires in back yard fire pits.

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Update April 27th, 2020 4:45 PM --

There have been five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating four cases have recovered. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 4,696.

Since Alberta Health Services began tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, there has been 75 confirmed deaths due to the Virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.

While the Slave Lake Forest Area is currently under a fire ban, please remember that the Town of Slave Lake is allowing fires in back yard fire pits.

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Update April 23rd, 2020 4:45 PM --

There have been five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating four cases have recovered. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 4017.

Since Alberta Health Services began tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, there has been 72 confirmed deaths due to the Virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.

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Update April 22nd, 2020 5:00 PM --

There have been five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating four cases have recovered. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 3720.

Since Alberta Health Services began tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, there has been 67 confirmed deaths due to the Virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.

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Update April 22nd, 2020 4:00 PM --- 

There have been five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating all four cases have recovered. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 3401.

Since Alberta Health Services began tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, there has been 66 confirmed deaths due to the Virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.

News from the Province: 

Government is also launching the Alberta Northern Lights Volunteer Awards to honour everyday heroes as the province responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. The honourees will be nominated by fellow Albertans and selected for profiling on the program’s website and through social media.

There are no requirements for hours of service, and any individual or group who helps out in their community is eligible for an award. The nomination submission requests a brief story about the nominee’s contribution. Nominations will be accepted online on an ongoing basis.

For more Information on the Northern Lights Volunteer Recognition Program Click Here 


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Update April 22nd, 2020 11:00 AM --- 

At last nights Council Meeting, Council made the decision to keep the town owned facilities closed until June 1st, 2020. This means that Multi-Rec Centre, and the Northern Lights Aquatic Centre will remain closed until June 1st. 

The Town Office will remain closed during that time from Monday to Thursday. Every Friday we will be open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for walk ins. Please remember to practice social distancing while coming into the Town Office. If this closure last longer then June 1st. The Town will look into expanding hours for walk in during tax season. 

Please remember that our staff are still available by phone and email. If you need any help from the town please call 780-849-8000, or the MRC at 780-849-8028.  

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Update April 21st, 2020 4:30 PM --- 

There have been five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating all four cases have recovered. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 3095.

Since Alberta Health Services began tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, there has been 61 confirmed deaths due to the Virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.

  • Alberta’s Mental Health Helpline is available 24-7 toll-free and offers confidential support for mental health concerns: 1-877-303-2642.
  • Alberta’s Addiction Helpline is available 24-7 toll-free and offers confidential support for alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and problem gambling: 1-866-332-2322
  • The Kids Help Phone is available 24-7 and offers professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people by texting CONNECT to 686868.
  • The Crisis Text Line Alberta is a service available 24-7 that offers information, referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support for Albertans of all ages, by texting CONNECT to 741741.
  • Alberta 211 is a free helpline that connects Albertans to community and social services in their area 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in over 150 languages.
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Update April 21st, 2020 10:15 AM --- 

Many residents are enjoying the warmer weather.  While it is great to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, the Town of Slave Lake wants to remind everyone that physical distancing is still required in all Town parks, playgrounds and on trails.  People are still required to maintain a 2 metre separation with others, and to thoroughly wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon returning from outdoor activities.

Playgrounds pose a challenge.  The Town of Slave Lake has not closed playgrounds at this time.  Instead, are following the Alberta Health Services recommendations: cleaning both your and your child’s hands before travelling home, and immediately washing your and your child’s hands with warm soapy water when you get home.  Practicing physical distancing is still important on playgrounds.  If it is not possible to maintain physical distancing on the playground, we recommend that families not use the playground at that time.

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Update April 20th, 2020 4:30 PM --- 

There have been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating all four cases have recovered. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 2908

Since Alberta Health Services began tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, there has been 59 confirmed deaths due to the Virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.

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Update April 16th, 2020 4:30 PM --- 

There have been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating all four cases have recovered. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to  2158

Since Alberta Health Services began tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, there has been 50 confirmed deaths due to the Virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.

News from the Province ---- 

It is critical to remember that COVID-19 is not a food-borne illness. But essential food industry workers are still susceptible to COVID-19, just like everyone else. Across North America, we have seen a growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at food processing plants as the total number of cases throughout society also grows.

In Alberta, the first confirmed case occurred at a beef plant north of Calgary. The facility where the case was confirmed was shut down, halting production. Agriculture and Forestry immediately began working with the plant management, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Ministry of Labour to resolve the issue. Specific, effective mitigation measures were put in place based on the advice of health and safety experts.

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Update April 15th, 2020 5:15PM---

There have been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating all four cases have recovered. . Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 1996

Since Alberta Health Services began tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, there has been 48 confirmed deaths due to the Virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.

  • Alberta’s Mental Health Helpline is available 24-7 toll-free and offers confidential support for mental health concerns: 1-877-303-2642.
  • Alberta’s Addiction Helpline is available 24-7 toll-free and offers confidential support for alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and problem gambling: 1-866-332-2322
  • The Kids Help Phone is available 24-7 and offers professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people by texting CONNECT to 686868.
  • The Crisis Text Line Alberta is a service available 24-7 that offers information, referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support for Albertans of all ages, by texting CONNECT to 741741.
  • Alberta 211 is a free helpline that connects Albertans to community and social services in their area 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in over 150 languages.
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Update April 14th, 2020 4:30 PM---

There have been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating all four cases have recovered. . Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 1870.

Since Alberta Health Services began tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, there has been 48 confirmed deaths due to the Virus. Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.

Alberta Wildfire is hiring 200 additional firefighters, invoking a fire ban, implementing off-highway vehicle (OHV) restrictions, increasing fine violations and funding $20 million more in community FireSmart initiatives, all to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season during COVID-19.

Alberta Parks is also instituting a fire ban in all provincial parks and protected areas.

These early preparedness measures will ensure the province can effectively focus resources where they are needed most in the event of multiple emergencies happening at the same time.

Typically, the wildfire hazard is highest in Alberta in late April through May, when fuel like trees and grasses have extremely low moisture content after the snow has melted.

More than a million acres burned last year and 71 per cent of wildfires were human-caused and entirely preventable. With provincial resources currently stretched due to COVID-19, these preventative measures will better equip Alberta’s response to spring wildfires this year.

Get Help Now

Important Phone Numbers

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Update April 9th 2020  5:45PM---

There have been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slave Lake. At this moment Alberta Health Services is stating all four cases have recovered. . Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 1451.

It was announced that another 3 albertans has passed away from COVID-19. This brings the total number of deaths in Alberta to 32.  Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.

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Update April 6th 2020  4:15PM---

There are still only four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Slave Lake area as of April 6th, 2020. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 1348, resulting in 98 new cases since Sundays update. 

It was announced that another albertans has passed away from COVID-19. This brings the total number of deaths in Alberta to 24.  Town Council and Administration would like to extend our condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.

To remember those who have passed away from COVID-19, Town Council has decided to lower the flags at all municipal buildings starting Tuesday April 14th until April 24th.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced today that he would be making a address to the province tomorrow (April 7th). The Town of Slave Lake will share the video once the Town of Slave Lake Council Meeting is completed. 

Following the directions of Alberta Health Services, and to follow protocols set in place around physical-distancing Slave Lake Council has made the decision to live stream the April 7th council meeting. The Council Meeting will be live streamed via the Town of Slave Lake Youtube Channel. This is to ensure that those without a facebook account can view the proceedings live as well. 

The Town of Slave Lake Youtube Channel can be found here You will not need an account to watch the live stream. The Council meeting begins at 7:00 PM on Tuesday April 7th. We will share a link to the live stream on Facebook and Twitter.

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Update April 5th 2020  4:30 PM---

There are now four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Slave Lake area as of April 5th, 2020. Provincially the number of cases has climbed to 1250, resulting in 69 new cases since Saturdays Update.

Mayor Warman released the below statement about the increase in cases in Slave Lake on Saturday April 4th. 

"Been getting a lot of questions this evening. The number of cases in Slave Lake has climbed to 4. Questions are being asked, who are they? where have they been? Are these travel related or community spread?

First off, AHS locally has been great, but higher up where all the information is collected, most doesn’t flow back to communities. I have shared my frustration with all who will listen and so far the position from the Province has not changed.

That being said, realistically whether we have 2 or 12, whether they are community spread or travel, nothing changes. You should assume they are all community spread. You should assume it exists in your community, because realistically it does. Even if we knew who it was, they could have been walking around with no symptoms for a week. To try and figure out every single person or place they came in contact with would not likely even be possible. People need to be cautious. Continue to physically distance yourself from people outside of those you live with. wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your face, take precautions....these messages will not change.

People that have been diagnosed and considered infected are required to self isolate at home. These 4 cases are not out walking around the community, but people they may have come in contact with are and so as a community we need to continue to be vigilant. I get that people want more information. I get that people are tired of staying at home. I get that people want to see their friends and you get to a point where you think, well we have all been at home for two weeks so it should be fine. All we know today..........All we need to know today........is that we need to work harder at this. We need to be patient as this is not changing overnight. We need to be cautious, not fearful. We need to stay educated, and not make assumptions. Our community needs our best right now and is going to need it for a while.

I want to close by saying a big thank you to the businesses that have closed and are suffering, but know that is what their community needs. To the ones that need to stay open and are taking precautions to keep their staff and customers safe, thank you for doing your part to keep this community functioning and keeping us all safe. To the travellers and community members, families, and children who continue to practice physical distancing and those who need to or choose to self isolate, I thank you for taking this seriously. And to the small group of people that are not putting in the same level of effort to social distance and take precautions...your community needs more of you and we all expect you to do better.

If you have symptoms, stay home. If you have travelled outside of the country, stay home. If you don’t need to go out, stay home. If you do, please take precautions.

Praying for the quick recovery of the 4 affected and hoping this message gets to the people who need to hear it most. Stay safe Slave Lake."

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Update April 5th 2020  3:00 PM----

If you stopped working because of #COVID19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit may provide you with temporary income support of $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. Your day to apply depends on your birth month.

What is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

If you stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support.

The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

How to apply

We will start accepting applications on April 6.

Prior to April 6, individuals who are without work and are eligible for EI can continue to apply for Employment Insurance.

Important! If you are not eligible for Employment Insurance, find out how you can get ready to apply for the CERB through the Canada Revenue Agency.

Whether you apply online or by phone, the CRA wants to provide the best service possible to everyone. To help manage this, the CRA has set up specific days for you to apply. Please use the following guidelines:

Day to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
If you were born in the month ofApply for CERB onYour best day to apply
January, February or MarchMondaysApril 6
April, May, or JuneTuesdaysApril 7
July, August, or SeptemberWednesdaysApril 8
October, November, or DecemberThursdaysApril 9
Any monthFridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Eligibility

The benefit will be available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits;
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment or self-employment income.


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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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