The number of new COVID-19 cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River (incl. Slave Lake) has increased each week in April, but not as quickly as Big Lakes County. Lesser Slave new cases per week were – March 26 to April 1 (three new), April 2 to 9 (five new & five recovered), April 10 to 16 (10 new & three recovered), and this week: April 17 to 23 (17 new & five recovered).
As of April 23, Lesser Slave had 27 active cases. The last time it was this high was February 26 (26 active). Since the pandemic started the highest Lesser Slave number was 52 active cases on February 5.
The combined population of the area based on the 2016 COVID-19 statistic is 8,958 people, so 24 is not a huge number; however the increase does mirror what happened in November to February.
Lesser Slave cases could be in Slave Lake, Sawridge First Nation, or in the M.D. from Assineau to Flatbush.
Big Lakes had the largest increase nearby – 59 new cases and 21 recovered. The most recoveries were in Athabasca County – 27 new and 112 recovered. From April 17 to 23 (active cases on April 23), the COVID situation in the Lesser Slave River and its closest neighbours was:
- Lesser Slave – 27 active (17 new & five recovered)
- Big Lakes – 122 active (59 new & 21 recovered) – E.W. Pratt High School (two to four cases – new April 23)
- Westlock County – 28 active (18 new & 22 recovered)
- M.D. of Opportunity – three active (two new & six recovered)
- Woodlands County – three active (all new)
- Whitecourt – 51 active (29 new & six recovered)
- Athabasca County – 70 active (27 new & 112 recovered) – two schools (started March 24) & one business outbreak.
- Northern Sunrise County – 31 active (18 new & three recovered)
Further afield, on April 19, a Fort McMurray woman in her 70s died from COVID-19. On April 20, a MacKenzie County man in his 60s died. These two bring the total AHS North Zone deaths to 152. Only three of these deaths were in April., 2021.