COVID Weekly: Slave Lake numbers improving and vaccinations progressing

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

From May 21 to 28, the Slave Lake area COVID-19 situation improved. The number of active cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River and its neighbours decreased. Also, 657 people in the Slave Lake AHS local geographic area (LGA) received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine. 

Slave Lake LGA  and the M.D. of Lesser Slave cover slightly different areas, but both include Slave Lake. As of May 28, there were three active cases in the Slave Lake area (calculated by either M.D. or LGA).


The week of May 21 to 28, Roland Michener Secondary School in Slave Lake was classified as having 5 to 9 cases. The majority of these cases were no longer active. 

From May 21 to 28, there was one new case connected with Roland Michener, says Kyle Nichols, High Prairie School Division (HPSD) communications officer. This new case was the only active HPSD case as of May 28.

Outbreaks remain on the list for four weeks after the last case is identified. 


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

Over the eight days from May 21 to 28 (active cases on May 28), the COVID situation in Lesser Slave River and its closest neighbours was:

  • Lesser Slave – three active (two new & 14 recovered) – outbreaks: drilling rig in Nipisi (old) & Roland Michener (old).
  • Big Lakes County – two active (one new & 10 recovered) – outbreaks: one school (old)
  • Westlock County – 36 active (15 new & 49 recovered) – outbreaks: one business (old) & two schools (old)
  • M.D. of Opportunity – one active (three new & six recovered)
  • Woodlands County – one active (one recovered)
  • Whitecourt – 68 active (26 new & 74 recovered) – outbreaks: Whitecourt Walmart (new), one lodge (old) & two schools (old)
  • Athabasca County – 52 active (27 new & 37 recovered) – outbreaks: one school (new) & one hospital (new). One lodge was removed. 
  • Northern Sunrise County – one active (three new & four recovered)


From May 21 to 28, five people died in the AHS North Zone. None of them lived near Slave Lake. The closest was from Yellowhead County. Two people died from MacKenzie County and three from Fort McMurray. The deceased were one man in his 50s, a man and woman in their 60s, and a man and two women in their 70s.

AHS North Zone local geographic areas (LGAs). Slave Lake LGA is in the middle. It covers an area from Moose Portage to Red Earth Creek and Peerless Trout Lake First Nation. Vaccination reporting is based on this area. Other numbers are based on the M.D.s and counties. The Town of Slave Lake is in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River and the Slave Lake LGA. The main differences between the two areas are that the Lesser Slave River does not include Red Earth Creek and Peerless Trout Lake, but does include Smith, Hondo, Chisholm, and Flatbush. Courtesy of Alberta Health Services.
The M.D. of Lesser Slave River. Courtesy of the M.D. of Lesser Slave River.

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