COVID Weekly: Athabasca numbers jumps 101

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

From March 27 to April 1, the M.D. of Lesser Slave River had only three new COVID cases, but Athabasca County had a surge of new cases. By April 1, there were 105 active cases of which 101 were new in the last six days. One person also recovered. 

The new Athabasca County cases included an outbreak at Edwin Parr Composite Community School (EPC) in Athabasca. It was new on the list of outbreaks on March 28. 

A March 30, Aspen View School Division news release said that there were 47 active COVID-19 cases connected with the school. Close contacts of the cases include: 468 students from EPC, 48 staff from EPC, 41 students from Landing Trail Intermediate School (close contacts through busing), 30 students from Whispering Hills Primary School (close contacts through busing), and six bus drivers. 

Aspen View had spring break from March 29 through the Easter weekend. 

With staffing shortages, all three schools will be doing at-home learning for April 6 to 9 after spring break. 


Over the six days from March 27 to April 1 (active cases on April 1), the COVID situation in the Lesser Slave River and its closest neighbours were:

  • Lesser Slave – 12 active (three new).
  • Big Lakes County – 12 active (four new & three recovered)
    • (High Prairie school outbreak still on the books, but no active cases – all outbreaks are kept on the list for two weeks after the last case).
  • Westlock County – 17 active (eight new &one recovered).
    • Westlock Healthcare Centre outbreak (old)
  • M.D. of Opportunity – 11 active (three new & 13 recovered).
    • Keekenow Senior’s Facility – Wabasca (old)
  • Woodlands County – three active (no change).
  • Whitecourt – two active (two new & two  recovered).
  • Athabasca County – 105 active (101 new & one recovered)
    • (new school outbreak 47 active)
  • Northern Sunrise County – five active (three new & one recovered).

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


From March 27 to April 1 (six days), four people died from COVID in the AHS North Zone – all women. One was in her sixties from the City of Grande Prairie. She was also the closest to Slave Lake. The other three were women in their 70s – one each in Smoky Lake County, County of St. Paul, and MacKenzie County. In total, 149 people have died from COVID in the North Zone – 11 in March. 

The North Zone covers half of Alberta from south of Jasper, Westlock and Cold Lake to the border with the Northwest Territories.

COVID graph built by Leader staff with statistics from

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