Oct. close to record North Zone COVID deaths after only 15 days

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

In the first two weeks of October 2021, 51 people from the AHS North Zone died from COVID-19. The highest previous month was 57 deaths in September 2021. Over the whole pandemic, 322 people from the North Zone died from COVID. The North Zone covers the top half of Alberta from Jasper and Cold Lake to the border with the Northwest Territories.

In 15 days, October 2021 just six COVID-19 deaths less than September 2021, which was the previous highest month for deaths in the AHS North Zone since the COVID pandemic started. Graph built by Leader staff with data from alberta.ca.

Of these deaths, 27 were reported over the eight days from Oct. 8 to 15. Two were from the M.D. of Lesser Slave River (which includes Slave Lake and Sawridge First Nation). Municipalities which border the M.D. of Lesser Slave River (LSR) also had COVID deaths – one each from Big Lakes County, Westlock County, and Northern Sunrise County. All counties and M.D.s include the towns, First Nations, and Métis Settlements with populations under 10,000.

These were the eighth and ninth LSR, 17th Big Lakes, fifth Westlock County, and fourth Northern Sunrise COVID deaths.

Nearby

LSR cases could be in Slave Lake, Sawridge First Nation, or LSR from Assineau to Flatbush. Outbreaks are either general (health care and non-healthcare) or schools.

From Oct. 8 to 15 (eight days), the COVID-19 situation (active and outbreaks on Oct. 15) in LSR and its closest neighbours was:

  • LSR – 84 active (53 new, 59 recovered, & two died) – Slave Lake outbreaks: four general & three schools
  • Big Lakes – 104 active (65 new, 82 recovered, & one died) – outbreaks: one & four (one new) schools
  • Westlock County – 27 active (13 new, 49 recovered, & one died) – outbreaks: one
  • M.D. of Opportunity – 38 active (20 new & 39 recovered)
  • Woodlands County – seven active (two new & three recovered)
  • Whitecourt – 111 active (67 new & 95 recovered) – outbreaks: one new & five schools
  • Athabasca County – 31 active (12 new & 15 recovered)
  • Northern Sunrise County – 27 active (19 new, 42 recovered, & one died) – outbreaks: one school.

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