COVID Weekly: Slave Lake area – most active cases since pandemic started

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

As of February 5, there were 52 active COVID-19 cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River. This was the most cases in this area since COVID-19 reached Alberta last March. These cases could be in the Town of Slave Lake, Sawridge First Nation, or in the M.D. from Assineau to Flatbush to Marten Beach.

There were 27 new cases and four recovered in Lesser Slave River from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3. This was the second week in the row with over 20 new cases.

Within Lesser Slave River and the seven neighbouring municipalities, Lesser Slave had the second highest number of active cases. The only region higher was the M.D. of Opportunity, with 91 cases (57 new and 36 recovered).

Compared to the entire AHS North Zone, which covers the northern half of Alberta, Lesser Slave had the fifth most active cases. The City of Grande Prairie was highest (135). followed by Opportunity (91), M.D. of Bonnyville (68), Fort McMurray (65) and Lesser Slave (52).


As of Feb. 5, Lesser Slave River and neighbours’ active cases and changes over the week were:

  • Lesser Slave – 52 cases (27 new & four recovered) – two to four cases at C.J. Schurter School (new).
  • Big Lakes – 23 cases (eight new, 24 recovered, and one death).
  • Westlock County – seven cases (three new, six recovered, and one died).
  • Opportunity – 91 cases (57 new & 36 recovered) – outbreak at Keekenow Senior Facility and two to four cases in Mistassiniy School in Wabasca (both were at least a week old).
  • Woodlands County – one.
  • Whitecourt – 11 cases (four new and 12 recovered).
  • Athabasca County – 19 cases (four new and nine recovered) – Athabasca Healthcare Centre (new) and two to four cases at Boyle School (at least a week old).
  • Northern Sunrise- 13 cases (eight new and three recovered).


From Jan. 30 to Feb. 5, seven people died in the AHS North Zone. Two lived near to Slave Lake – in Big Lakes and Westlock County. The person who died in Westlock County was a woman in her 40s. 

On the day of the Big Lakes death, another death was reported, so the age and gender can’t be confirmed.

Other North Zone deaths were a man and a woman in their 60s, a woman in her 70s, and two men and one woman 80 or older. They were one person from Big Lakes County, two from the City of Grande Prairie, two from Yellowhead County, and one from the M.D. of Bonnyville.

Isolation support

A program that pays for hotel rooms and food for people who cannot safely isolate at home is now available anywhere in Alberta, says a Feb. 1 Alberta government news release.

A slight easing of restrictions for restaurants, indoor recreation and school performances and sports was on track. As of Feb. 5, Alberta hospitalizations were below the threshold for the restrictions to ease on Feb. 8. All other restrictions remain in effect.

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