From February 13 to 19, active COVID-19 cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River and neighbours decreased or remained the same. Five Lesser Slave River cases were connected to an outbreak at Roland Michener Secondary School in Slave Lake.
“All five cases would be considered as connected to the school,” says Kyle Nichols, High Prairie School Division communication officer. “Three of the cases were in the school requiring contact tracing of school-based students and staff, but are not known to be connected to each other (in-school transmission). The other two cases did not require contact tracing of school-based students and staff.”
Further north, COVID vaccines reached Peerless Trout First Nation (see photo on Page 13 of the print Leader).
In January, seniors living in assisted living in Slave Lake got their first shot. They have now received their second shot, so are immunized. Not all Vanderwell Heritage Place seniors were eligible in the first round. The plan is for them to get their first shot on February 24.
In the current stage of immunization, says the Alberta website, seniors 75 and over, everywhere; people 65 years or over living in a First Nations community or Mètis Settlement; and health care workers can get vaccinated.
As of Feb. 19, Lesser Slave River and neighbours’ active cases were:
- Lesser Slave – 27 cases (14 new & 22 recovered) – schools: Michener (five) & C.J. Schurter (two); outbreak: Legacy Childcare.
- Big Lakes County – 16 cases (nine recovered).
- Westlock County – two cases (two recovered).
- M.D. of Opportunity – 29 cases (18 new, 29 recovered, & one died) – outbreak: Keekenow Senior Facility.
- Woodlands County – zero.
- Whitecourt – 11 cases (two recovered).
- Athabasca County – five cases (three recovered) – schools: Boyle; outbreaks: health centres in Athabasca and Boyle (new).
- Northern Sunrise County – 13 cases (eight new & eight 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.
While the Alberta government announces COVID deaths by region, the most recent regional general deaths statistics is from 2018. Obituaries in The Leader is one source for local deaths. This week there are two – one from Slave Lake and one from Westlock. Neither is connected to COVID.
In the AHS North Zone, six people died from COVID. The closest lived in Opportunity. The others were from the M.D. of Bonnyville (two), MacKenzie County, Lac La Biche, and the County of St. Paul. They were one man and one woman in their 70s, two women and one man 80 or older.