Sept. 11 to 17: Two local COVID deaths

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

The week of Sept. 11 to 17, two people died from COVID-19 in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River (LSR). They could be from the M.D. of LSR, Town of Slave Lake or Sawridge First Nation. During that week, 13 people died from COVID in the AHS North Zone. This was the highest weekly total since January, 2021. So far in September (17 days) 22 people have died from COVID in the North Zone. The AHS North Zone covers the top half of Alberta. 

The two new COVID deaths were the third and fourth LSR deaths. The first was reported on May 17, 2021. The second on June 29, 2021. 

The new LSR deaths were reported on Sept. 13 and Sept. 15. The age or gender of the deceased is unknown as other people died from COVID in the North Zone on those days.  The 13 North Zone COVID deaths, from Sept. 11 to 17, were a man and a woman in their 50s, two men in their 60s, three men and a woman in their 70s, and two men and three women 80 or older. 

The deceased were from LSR (two), Westlock County (one), Barrhead (one), City of Grande Prairie (two), M.D. of Peace (two), County of St. Paul (one), Lac Ste. Anne (one), Clear Hills County (one), and MacKenzie County (two). 

Hospitalization

As of Sept. 17, there were 195 people in North Zone hospitals because of COVID-19. Of these, 11 were in the ICU. 

North Zone people with COVID sent to Edmonton or other hospitals outside of the zone are not reflected in this number. They would however be in the North Zone active cases. 

In total, 34,358 people in the North Zone have contracted COVID. Of these, 3,237 cases were active, 30,885 recovered, and 236 died. 

School outbreaks

School outbreaks are now classified as 10 per cent absenteeism due to illness. 

As of Sept. 16, High Prairie School Division had five schools with outbreaks – all three Slave Lake public schools and two in Big Lakes County – Kinuso School and High Prairie Elementary School. 

The two Catholic schools in Slave Lake did not have high absenteeism. Information was not available about Smith School or the Christian school. 

Nearby

From Sept. 11 to Sept. 17, the COVID-19 situation (active cases on Sept. 17) in Lesser Slave River and its closest neighbours was:

Lesser Slave River – 150 active (79 new, 55 recovered, & two died) – outbreaks Slave Lake long-term care, Slave Lake daycare, and all three public schools

Big Lakes County – 103 active (74 new & 68 recovered)- two schools

Westlock County – 58 active (39 new, 31 recovered & one died)

M.D. of Opportunity – 78 active (58 new & 57 recovered)

Woodlands County – six active (three new & six recovered)

Whitecourt – 73 active (44 new & 46 recovered)

Athabasca County – 39 active (23 new & 31 recovered)

Northern Sunrise County – 16 active (12 new & 26 recovered).

The Lesser Slave River cases could be in Slave Lake, Sawridge First Nation, or the M.D. from Assineau to Smith.

Testing, vaccines, and restrictions

COVID-19 testing and vaccination is available in Slave Lake. To book a vaccine go to bookvaccine.alberta.ca. Do not call a pharmacy or the hospital. 

If you have COVID symptoms, do not go to the hospital. Stay home. Book a test at 811 or www.alberta.ca/covid-19-testing-in-alberta.aspx.

New restrictions in effect see ‘No shutdowns, but new COVID measures today’

Graphs built by Leader staff with statistics from the Alberta government’s website – alberta.ca.
The week of Sept. 11 to 17, 13 people died from COVID in the AHS North Zone. This was the highest weekly total since January, 2021. So far in September (17 days) 22 people have died from COVID in the North Zone. The AHS North Zone covers the top half of Alberta.
The 13 North Zone COVID deaths, from Sept. 11 to 17, were a man and a woman in their 50s, two men in their 60s, three men and a woman in their 70s, and two men and three women 80 or older.

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