COVID Weekly: Visitors at the lodge, fewer active cases, but death in Opportunity

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

On March 2, Vanderwell Heritage Lodge announced some indoor visits are allowed with strict restrictions.

The week of February 27 to March 5, M.D. of Lesser Slave River active COVID-19 cases decreased to 14, a woman died in the M.D. of Opportunity, and there were two fewer outbreaks in Slave Lake and its neighbours.


The week of Feb. 27 to Mar. 5, five deaths were added to the AHS North Zone totals. One was a woman in her 40s from Opportunity. She died on Feb. 28. As of March 5, Opportunity numbers were 502 total – 79 active, 417 recovered, and six died.

The other four were not in the regions nearby to Slave Lake. Two died in February and two in March. These were one woman 80 or older from the City of Grande Prairie, two women in their 70s from MacKenzie County, and a man 80 or older in the M.D. of Bonnyville. 

In February, 24 people died from COVID-19 in the North Zone. So far in March, two have died.


On March 3, outbreaks at Legacy Childcare in Slave Lake and a Whitecourt mill were removed. There were no new outbreaks, in Lesser Slave River and its closest neighbours, so nearby (Slave Lake) there were only two  outbreaks – both at hospitals in Athabasca County. 

Schools are listed separately from other outbreaks. St. Theresa School, in Wabasca, was added to the list with two to four cases. 

“Roland Michener Secondary School has one active case and will be listed as an outbreak until 28 days after the last case,” said Kyle Nichols, High Prairie School Division communication officer, on March 4. “E.G. Wahlstrom School also has one active case.”


From February 27 to March 5 (active cases on March 5), the COVID situation in the Lesser Slave River and its closest neighbours were:

  • Lesser Slave – 14 active (two new & 14 recovered).
  • Big Lakes County – seven active (three recovered).
  • Westlock County – one active (two recovered).
  • Opportunity – 79 active (53 new, 31 recovered, & one died).
  • Woodlands County – one active (one new).
  • Whitecourt – five active (four new and five recovered).
  • Athabasca County – two active (one new & one recovered).
  • Northern Sunrise County – six active (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. 

Graph built by Leader staff with COVID-19 statistics from

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