May 11 COVID-19 update: Wabasca and Athabasca cases recover; death in M.D. of Peace

Updated May 12, 2020.

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

Between May 8 and May 11, several more AHS North Zone COVID-19 cases recovered, says the Alberta COVID-19 stats. This includes the M.D. of Opportunity (Wabasca, Sandy Lake etc.) case and the second of the two Athabasca County cases.

Slave Lake remains at five cases – all recovered.


As of the end of April, Opportunity Reeve Marcel Auger said Wabasca doctors are working with Alberta Health Services to clear up some confusion regarding this case. AHS tracking is based on a person’s residence on their driver’s license. Auger says local doctors are 99 per cent certain that this case is a former Wabasca resident who moved away from the community some time ago and didn’t update their identification. The person is living in a different community now.

The process takes some time, so for the time being, the person is still on the interactive map on

North Zone

In the North Zone there are 228 cases, says the Alberta government COVID-19 stats. Of these, 32 are active, 181 recovered, and 15 people have died. Of the active cases, five are in hospital. Hospitalizations are by zone of hospital not zone of residence.

The most recent North Zone death due to COVID was a man over 80 years in the M.D. of Peace, which is west of the Town of Peace River. It includes Berwyn, Brownvale, and Grimshaw.

To the west of Slave Lake, one of the previous Big Lakes County deaths is no longer classified as COVID-19-related. A comparison of data from April 30 with data from May 11 suggests that this was a man over 80 years of age whose death was initially blamed on COVID.

The Big Lakes County deaths are man in his 30s from Grouard who died at the end of March from COVID-19 and a man over 80 at J.B. Wood Continuing Care in High Prairie.

As the graph below shows, the spread of COVID-19 has slowed considerably in the last week or so. Over the weekend, there were two new cases in MacKenzie County (High Level, Fort Vermilion etc.). The City of Grande Prairie decreased by one case, so now has three cases – all recovered.

Chart built by Leader staff based on data from a

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