COVID Weekly: Big Lakes – 100+ new cases in seven days

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

From Jan. 8 to 14, Big Lakes County had 101 new COVID-19 cases. The M.D. of Lesser Slave River, including Slave Lake, had equal recoveries and new cases. More people recovered than got the virus in the M.D. of Opportunity, Westlock County, Town of Whitecourt, Athabasca County, and Northern Sunrise County.


As of Jan. 14, Lesser Slave River and neighbours active cases were:

  • Lesser Slave – 28 cases (21 new & 21 recovered)
  • Big Lakes – 155 cases (101 new & 78 recovered)
  • Westlock – 15 cases (five new & 14 recovered)
  • Opportunity – 60 cases (35 new & 49 recovered)
  • Woodlands County – two (two new & one recovered)
  • Whitecourt – 25 cases (12 new & 23 recovered)
  • Athabasca – 27 cases (10 new & 20 recovered)
  • Northern Sunrise – 57 cases (34 new & 44 recovered)

Communities with populations under 10,000 people are included within the county or M.D. Therefore, the Lesser Slave cases could be in the Town of Slave Lake, Sawridge First Nation, in the M.D. from Assineau to Flatbush.


From January 8 to 14, seven men and three women died from COVID-19 in the AHS North Zone.

The deceased lived in the City of Grande Prairie (x3), Grande Prairie County, County of Barrhead, Lac La Biche (x2), Lac Ste. Anne County, and Smoky Lake County.

Four of the men were 80 or older, one was in his 60s, and one in his 50s. Two women were 80 or older and one in her 60s.

These deaths bring the total January North Zone deaths to 18, which is more than one a day. If this rate continues, it will surpass all previous months in the pandemic. With 20 deaths, December has been the highest. 

Graph built by Leader staff with statistics from

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