April 8 COVID-19 update: Five new North zone cases, and three Calgary deaths

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

Five of the 50 new cases in Alberta are in the North zone, says covid19stats.alberta.ca. One in Big Lakes County, three in the M.D. of Smoky River, and one in the M.D. of Peace. These cases may be in the county or one of the towns within the county.

None of these cases are in Slave Lake or the M.D. of Lesser Slave River.

However, as Town of Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman said in his April 7 COVID-19 update, having four recovered cases in Slave Lake does not mean that the health measures will be lifted. Everyone should keep social distancing, etc. The virus is in the province, could still be in Slave Lake, and could easily come back.

Based on Premier Jason Kenney’s address a half hour earlier, he said the restrictions stand and will likely continue throughout April and May.

Three more deaths

There are three new deaths in Calgary, said covid19stats.alberta.ca, bringing the total for that area to 20. There were no new deaths in the North zone or other zones.

There are 29 COVID-19 deaths in Alberta.

The North zone is holding at four deaths. Two in McLennan, one in Grouard, and one in Jasper.


On April 2, an outbreak and death at Manior du Lac Assisted Living, in McLennan, was announced. This is within the M.D. of Smoky River, 35 minutes northwest of High Prairie and one hour and 45 minutes from Slave Lake.

In today’s COVID-19 video update, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, said Manior du Lac has 19 cases, which includes two deaths. This is second death is from either April 1 or 5. April 5 was the last death in the North zone.

North zone cases

Of the 1,423 total cases in Alberta, 206 are suspected of being community acquired.

Across the province, 44 are currently in hospital, 16 of them intensive care units (ICU).

Across the province, 75 people recovered, said premier Kenney, in the April 8 COVID-19 update. This brings the numbers up to 519.

Four of these were in the North zone, which has 40 recovered cases, 51 active, and four deaths. The total is 95.

All North zone cases

County (including towns within)ActiveRecoveredDeathsTotal
M.D. Lesser Slave River 4 4
Big Lakes County95115
M.D. Smoky River223227
Westlock County 1 1
M.D. of Opportunity   0
Athabasca County   0
Northern Sunrise County 3 3
County of Northern Lights1  1
M.D. of Peace15 6
MacKenzie County1  1
M.D. of Greenview11 2
City of Grande Prairie 2 2
Grande Prairie County21 3
County of Barrhead 2 2
M.D. of Bonnyville43 7
City of Cold Lake 3 3
Municipality of Jasper5117
Fort McMurray13 4
Wood Buffalo2  2
Yellowhead County12 3
Lac St. Anne County11 2
Data is from covid19stats.alberta.ca and is accurate as of April 8.

Quick COVID-19 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.
  • 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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