COVID numbers down, but one M.D. of Opportunity death

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

The week of March 12 to 18 the number of active cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River and its close neighbours decreased or remained the same. 

Lesser Slave had seven new and seven recovered cases, so remained at eight active. 

However, one person died from COVID-19 from the M.D. of Opportunity, which (for COVID numbers) includes Bigstone and some other First Nations. 

This was the 13th death from COVID in this M.D. since the pandemic started. 

The person who died from Opp. was one of eight people to die from COVID in the AHS North Zone the week of March 12 to 18. The others were from further away. 


From March 12 to 18, two COVID-19 outbreak were removed from Westlock and one added in High Prairie. This brought the number of outbreaks in the closest municipalities to the M.D. of Lesser Slave River down to two – both in High Prairie. 

Lesser Slave River, which for COVID numbers includes Slave Lake and Sawridge First Nation, remained at zero outbreaks.


As of March 18, the highest number of reported active COVID-19 cases nearby to Slave Lake was in Big Lakes County, which had 48. The lowest was in Woodlands County which remained at zero. With eight, Slave Lake was second lowest. 

COVID cases from the Mar. 12 to 18 (active on Mar. 18):

  • M.D. of Lesser Slave River – eight active (seven new & seven recovered).
  • Big Lakes County – 48 active (14 new & 30 recovered) – two outbreaks (one new).
  • Westlock County – 18 active (eight new & 15 recovered) – zero outbreaks (last one removed).
  • M.D. of Opportunity – 19 active (nine new, five recovered, and one died).
  • Woodlands County – zero active (no change).
  • Whitecourt – 12 active (eight new & seven recovered).
  • Athabasca County – 19 active (16 new & 10 recovered). 
  • Northern Sunrise County – seven active (nine new & nine recovered).

The number of cases may be higher as COVID numbers on only include PCR tests, and not everyone is eligible for PCR tests.

Graph built by Leader staff with statistics from

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