One Lesser Slave River and two Big Lakes County deaths

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

From November 13 to 19, 2021, one person died from COVID in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River (LSR). This person could be from the M.D., the Town of Slave Lake, or Sawridge First Nation. Also, two people from Big Lakes County (which includes High Prairie and neighbouring First Nations and Metis Settlements) died from COVID. In total, eight people in the AHS North Zone died from COVID. The others were from the City of Grande Prairie, Cold Lake, Smoky Lake, and Lac La Biche. However, in general the number of active cases decreased. 


As of November 19, 2021, there was a new outbreak at the Slave Lake Healthcare Centre on the acute care side. It was the only outbreak in LSR and its closest neighbours. The week of November 13 to 19, two old outbreaks were removed from the area – Optima Living (formerly Points West) in Slave Lake and Pembina Lodge in Westlock. 

School alerts and outbreaks

School cases are listed separately. These are listed as ‘alerts’ with two to four or five to nine cases and ‘outbreaks’ 10 or more. 

As of Nov. 19, in Slave Lake there were three schools listed, none of them were new. These were C.J. Schurter Elementary School (outbreak: 10+), E.G. Wahlstrom School (alert: five to nine cases), and Roland Michener Secondary School (alert: two to four cases). The previous week on Nov. 12, E.G.W. was listed as an outbreak: 10+. 

From Nov. 13 to 19, the number of schools decreased from seven to five in LSR and its closest neighbours. One Whitecourt school was removed from the list and another one was added. A High Prairie school was removed. Also, one Westlock school was removed, but another one remainded on the list.  


The M.D. of Lesser Slave River (LSR) cases could be in Slave Lake, Sawridge First Nation, or LSR from Assineau to Flatbush. 

From November 13 to 19, the COVID-19 situation (active on Nov. 19) in LSR and its closest neighbours was:

  • LSR – 95 active (39 new, 41 recovered, & one died)
  • Big Lakes County – 29 active (five new, 16 recovered, & two died) 
  • Westlock County – 40 active (22 new & nine recovered) 
  • M.D. of Opportunity – 15 active (seven new & 12 recovered)
  • Woodlands County – zero active (one recovered)
  • Whitecourt – 17 active (seven new & 18 recovered) 
  • Athabasca County – nine active (two new & 13 recovered) 
  • Northern Sunrise County – 18 active (16 new & two recovered).
Graph of AHS North Zone total cases and deaths from the beginning of the pandemic until November 19th. The recent trend is close to a flattening of the curve. Graph built by Leader staff with data from

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