COVID weekly: Active cases down, but outbreak in daycare

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

After a jump the week before, active COVID-19 cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River (which includes Slave Lake) decreased from 52 to 35. However, there was also an outbreak at Legacy Childcare and two cases at Roland Michener Secondary School. 

Outbreaks

Legacy Childcare operates a daycare in the Legacy Centre in Slave Lake. It did not wish to elaborate on the outbreak, but a spokesperson said that they are following all restrictions to keep COVID out of the daycare. 

This is the first outbreak in Legacy Daycare since it reopened almost eight months ago. 

Both Roland Michener and C.J. Schurter Schools in Slave Lake had two cases, says Kyle Nichols, High Prairie School Division (HPSD) communications officer. 

The C.J. Schuter cases were on the Alberta government’s website last week. 

HPSD informs close contacts first and then the parents of the school community as a whole, says Nichols. Earlier in the pandemic,  it posted cases on HPSD’s website. However, most other school divisions were not, so HPSD stopped.

There were also school cases and outbreaks in regions which border Lesser Slave River. 

Mistassiniy School in Wabasca was removed from the list of schools with two to four cases on the Alberta government’s website. Boyle School in Athabasca County remained on the list.

There was a new outbreak in Whitecourt at Millar Western Forest Products. Ed’s Auto Salvage in Westlock was removed from the list. Athabasca Healthcare Centre and Keekenow Senior Facility in Wabasca remained on the list. 

Deaths

From February 6 to 12, eight men and one woman died from COVID-19 in the AHS North Zone. This zone covers the top half of Alberta from Jasper to Cold Lake and north. 

Four of the deceased lived in regions which border Lesser Slave River – three in the M.D. of Opportunity and one in Athabasca County. 

The man who died in Athabasca County was 80 or older. 

The Opportunity deaths were announced on the same days as other cases, so the deceased ages can’t be confirmed. 

One man in his 60s died, three men in their 70s and three men 80 or older. They lived in Opportunity (x3), Athabasca County, Bonnyville (x3), and Smoky Lake County. 

The woman who died was in her 70s from Smoky Lake County.

Nearby

As of Feb. 11, Lesser Slave River and neighbours’ active cases and changes over six days were:

  • Lesser Slave – 35 cases (nine new & 26 recovered) – Legacy Childcare in Slave Lake (new), two cases each at Roland Michener School (new) and C.J. Schurter School.
  • Big Lakes County – 26 cases (nine new & six recovered).
  • Westlock County – six cases (three new & four recovered).
  • Opportunity – 41 cases (16 new, 63 recovered, & three died) – outbreak at Keekenow Senior Facility.
  • Woodlands County – zero (one recovered).
  • Whitecourt – 14 cases (seven new & four recovered) – Millar Western Forest Products.
  • Athabasca County – nine cases (seven recovered & one died) – Athabasca Healthcare Centre and two to four cases at Boyle School.
  • Northern Sunrise County – 13 cases (three new & three recovered).

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

Graph built by Leader staff with COVID-19 statistics from the Alberta government’s website.

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