COVID Weekly: anti-COVID rally, Schurter off the list

Updated March 3 (there was some confusion about the new and recovered cases in the list – these were over a seven day period, not just on one day. Also, the last paragraph about deaths was unclear. To clarify, “Of the new deaths reported the week of February 20 to 26,” was added).

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

On March 4, there will be a rally in Slave Lake against COVID-19 restrictions (See ad on Page 20 of the March 3 Leader and on the website).

On Feb. 22, C.J. Schurter School in Slave Lake was removed from the list of schools with active cases. There were only two cases connected with this school, both recovered. 

Later in the week, the outbreak at Keekenow Seniors Facility in Wabasca was also removed.


As of Feb. 26 (new, recovered, and died from Feb. 20 to 26), the M.D. of Lesser Slave River and neighbours’ active cases were:

  • Lesser Slave – 26 cases (11 new and 12 recovered) – schools: Roland Michener (five); outbreak: Legacy Childcare. 
  • Big Lakes County – 10 cases [four new, nine recovered, & one died – (likely a previous death recorded in the wrong region)].
  • Westlock County – three cases (one new).
  • M.D. of Opportunity – 58 cases (41 new and 12 recovered).
  • Woodlands County – zero (one new and one recovered).
  • Whitecourt – six cases (three new and eight recovered) – outbreak: Millar Western Forest Products.
  • Athabasca County – two cases (two recovered) – outbreaks: health centres in Athabasca and Boyle.
  • Northern Sunrise County – 14 cases (four new and 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. 


Over the weekend of Feb. 20 to 21, one death was added to Big Lakes County and one removed from the M.D. of Greenview (which is fairly close). Therefore, this was likely a correction of an address error.

As of Feb. 26, Big Lakes cases are 461 total – 10 active, 440 recovered, and 11 died.

The AHS North Zone covers the northern half of Alberta from Jasper and Cold Lake to the border with the Northwest Territories.

In the last week, five COVID deaths were recorded in the North Zone. One was a woman 80 or older who died in December. 

Of the new deaths reported the week of February 20 to 26, three women and one man died February. Two of the women and the man were 80 or older. One woman was in her 70s. They were from Greenview (two); City of Grande Prairie, M.D. of Bonnyville; and Jasper.

Graphs built by Leader staff with statistics from

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