Dec. 2 COVID update: M.D. at 34; two North Zone deaths

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

In the last 24 hours, two women died from COVID-19 in the AHS North Zone. Also, the number of active cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River increased to 34.

Two North Zone deaths

The North Zone covers the norther half of Alberta from south of Jasper, Athabasca, and Cold Lake to the border with the Northwest Territories.

The two women who died lived in Yellowhead or Barrhead Counties. One was in her 50s and the other in her 70s.

AHS North Zone COVID-19 deaths by age and gender. In total, 48 people have died from COVID-19 in the North Zone since March. Graph made by Leader staff with information from the Alberta government’s COVID-19 statistics.

At the moment, the number of deaths on the map of COVID-19 cases by region equals 50, however, there are only 48 deaths listed under the AHS North Zone. In the past, there have been some irregularities in data, so this is probably more of the same. 

In November, 13 people died from COVID-19 in the North Zone. So far, two have died in December. Before November there was a gap of a two months where no one died in the North Zone from COVID-19. 

As of Dec. 2, there were 4,045 North Zone cases – 967 active, 3,030 recovered, and 48 died. Also, 26 people were in hospital, of whom two were in an intensive care unit (ICU). On Sunday, Nov. 30, 28 people were in hospital, of whom two were in ICU. 


The M.D. and all communities within are enhanced, which means there are extra COVID health measures. 

The Lesser Slave active cases could be in the M.D., Town of Slave Lake, Sawridge First Nation, Assineau, Canyon Creek, Widewater, Wagner, Marten Beach, Smith, Hondo, Flatbush, or Fawcett Lake.


On Dec. 2, Lesser Slave (including Slave Lake), Big Lakes County, the M.D. of Opportunity, Westlock County, and Athabasca County were all enhanced. In these areas, active cases, on Nov. 29, and new and recovered since Nov. 20 were:

  • Lesser Slave (34) –
    • Schools – no change since Nov. 30 – three schools with one or two cases confirmed by the schools, but not on the outbreak list. Only one is eligible.
  • Athabasca County (27)
  • Big Lakes County (13)
  • Westlock County (13)
    • one school outbreak (two to four cases) & one outbreak in a long-term care
  • Whitecourt (10)
    • one school ‘ watch’ (five or more cases)
  • Opportunity (nine)
  • Northern Sunrise County (eight)
  • Woodlands County (zero)

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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