COVID Weekly: 2nd doses; isolated lodge case

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

In June, people who received their first dose in March to April can book an appointment for a second dose, says an Alberta government news release. The roll-out is – starting June 1 (March), June 14 (April), and June 28 (May). Also, as of June 4 it looked likely that Alberta would enter Phase 2 of the Open for Summer plan on June 10.

Vanderwell case

Overall, M.D. of Lesser Slave River (incl. Slave Lake) cases remained low (six active cases), with only four new cases. This includes one resident at Vanderwell Heritage Place (the Lodge).

On Saturday, May 29, Vanderwell posted on social media. “Unfortunately we have a resident test positive for COVID-19. The resident was isolated several days before testing as a precautionary measure. Yesterday the test came back positive. We are following all Alberta Health guidelines, this will mean some restrictions for the short term. We feel with the steps taken early there will be no transmission within the lodge but we will continue to be proactive in the situation.”

As of June 4, Vanderwell lodge was not listed on This means that it still only had one active case, as all lodges and hospitals with two or more cases are listed.

From May 29 to June 4,  an Athabasca hospital was added to the list and a lodge in Athabasca was removed.  An old outbreak at a lodge in Whitecourt was also on the list.  

Outbreaks remain on the list for four weeks after the last case is identified. Schools are added when there are two or more cases. Businesses are added with 10 or more.


As of June 4, 48.5 per cent of people 12+ in the Slave Lake AHS local geographic area (which includes Peerless Trout Lake First Nation to just west of Smith) had at least one COVID-19 vaccine. Also, 7.4 per cent were fully immunized. From May 29 to June 4, 316 in the area received a vaccination, of which 56 were second doses.


M.D. of Lesser Slave River cases could be in Slave Lake, Sawridge First Nation, or in the M.D. from Assineau to Flatbush.

From May 29 to June 4 (active cases on June 4), the COVID situation in Lesser Slave and its closest neighbours was:

  • Lesser Slave – seven active (five new & one recovered) – Nipisi drilling rig (old) & Roland Michener School (old)
  • Big Lakes County – two active (one new and one recovered)
  • Westlock County – 27 active (12 new & 21 recovered) – one business (old) & two schools (old – one other removed)
  • M.D. of Opportunity – zero active (one died)
  • Woodlands County – five active (four new) – one school (new)
  • Whitecourt – 29 active (eight new & 47 recovered) – one business (old), one lodge (old) & three schools (two old & one new)
  • Athabasca County – 33 active (10 new & 29 recovered) – one school (added May 27) & one hospital (new)
  • Northern Sunrise County – one active (three new & two recovered)


The week of May 29 to June 4, five people died from COVID-19 in the AHS North Zone.

The closest was from the M.D. of Opportunity, this was the eighth death in that region. The others were from the City of Grande Prairie (x2), Hinton, Fairview, and Bonnyville (x2).

The deceased were four men (one – 20s, one – 60s, & two – 70s) and three women (one – 50s, one – 70s, & one – 80 or older).

In the month of May 2021, 22 people died in the AHS North Zone, which covers the top half of Alberta. From the start of the pandemic, 181 North Zone people have died from COVID.

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