Dec. 1 COVID update: M.D. jumps to 31

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

As of Dec. 1, there are 31 (six more than yesterday) active COVID-19 cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River. These cases could be in the M.D., Town of Slave Lake, Sawridge First Nation, or the surrounding hamlets (Assineau, Canyon Creek, Widewater, Wagner, Marten Beach, Smith, Hondo, Flatbush, or Fawcett Lake).

All of these communities are an enhanced ‘purple’ zone, with extra COVID-19 public health measures in place.

Some restaurants in the area have voluntarily switched to curbside pickup and takeout only for the time being.


Nearby, Lesser Slave, the M.D. of Opportunity, Westlock County, and Athabasca County were all enhanced.

As of Nov. 30, Lesser Slave River and neighbours active cases were:

  • Lesser Slave* (31)
  • M.D. of Opportunity* (six) – three schools with cases confirmed by the schools, but not on the outbreak list. Only one is eligible.
  • Westlock County* (12) – one school outbreak: two to four cases
  • Athabasca County* (25)
  • Big Lakes County* (11)
  • Whitecourt* (10)
  • Northern Sunrise County (seven)
  • Woodlands County (zero).

*means enhanced, extra measures in place.

Schools and businesses

From Nov. 30 article – hasn’t changed.

Three Slave Lake schools have at least one case.

C.J. Schurter Elementary School has two active cases, says a Nov. 30 High Prairie School Divisions media release. There is also one case at E.G. Wahlstrom Elementary School.

There is one confirmed cases at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy (a Grade 7 to 12 school), says St. Francis’ website.

From Nov. 30 to January 11, all Grade 7 to 12 students in Alberta are doing at-home learning. K to 12 starts this on December 18, which continues to Jan. 11.

At least one business in Slave Lake also has one confirmed case.

Great Canadian Liquor store posted on social media around noon on Nov. 30,

“This is to inform you that a positive test of COVID-19 by a team member has been confirmed at our Slave Lake location today, November 30, 2020. The team members last shift at the store was Monday, November 23, 2020. In the past 14 days the only shifts worked by this team member were Saturday November 21 and Monday November 23.”

The store has closed for cleaning and hopes to reopen on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Unless the situation changes drastically, the next COVID-19 update will be Friday, Dec. 4. The Town of Slave Lake and the Alberta government update daily.

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