COVID Weekly: Athabasca cases recovering

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Over the week of April 10 to 16, Athabasca County had more recovered than new COVID-19 cases. This is the opposite of the last two weeks. Unfortunately, Big Lakes County shot up by 67 new cases. The M.D. of Lesser Slave River (incl. Slave Lake)  increased slightly by 10.

One of the new Slave Lake cases is someone who works in the Town office, says an April 16 Town of Slave Lake news release. The office is closed for cleaning, but services are available by email and phone. Close contacts are isolating.


On April 16, an outbreak at Tipton’s Your Independent Grocer in Athabasca was added to the list on

Outbreaks at two Athabasca schools continue.

Since March 24, Edwin Parr Composite School has had 103 confirmed COVID cases, says Ross Hunter, Aspen View Public Schools communications officer. Of these, four were connected with Landing Trail Intermediate School. Until April 16, these schools did at-home learning.


From April 10 to 16 (active cases on April 16), the COVID situation in Lesser Slave River and its closest neighbours was:

  • Lesser Slave River – 15 active (10 new & three recovered)
  • Big Lakes County – 84 active (67 new & four recovered)
  • Westlock County – 32 active (10 new & nine recovered)
  • M.D. of Opportunity – seven active (four new & four recovered)
  • Woodlands County – zero active.
  • Whitecourt – 28 active (20 new & seven recovered)
  • Athabasca County – 155 active (50 new & 168 recovered) – two schools
  • Northern Sunrise County – 16 active (13 new & four recovered)

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


COVID vaccine appointments are through AHS online, 811 or participating pharmacies – in Slave Lake Rexall (Moderna) and the other five Slave Lake pharmacies (AstraZeneca – for people 55 to 64).

People in Phase 1, 2A, 2B, and 2C (partial) can book appointments. For more information, see

Graph made my Leader staff with statistics from

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