Sept. 8 COVID: four new cases in Slave Lake area

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

Over the Labour Day weekend (Sept. 4 to Sept. 7), there were four new COVID-19 cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River, which includes the Town of Slave Lake. This makes the Lesser Slave River numbers 11 cases – six active and five recovered.

Any cases in towns, First Nations and Metis Settlements with populations under 10,000 are included within the municipal district (M.D.) or county. This means that the Lesser Slave River cases could be in the M.D., Town of Slave Lake, Smith, Hondo, Chisholm, Flatbush, Marten Beach, Wagner, Widewater, Canyon Creek, Swan River First Nation, or Assineau.


Lesser Slave River shares a border with six municipalities. In these, several people recovered over the weekend. These were Opportunity (one), Westlock (one) and Athabasca Counties (two).

As of Sept. 8, the active cases in this region were: Lesser Slave (six – four new), M.D. of Opportunity (one), Westlock County (one); Athabasca County (three – all new), Big Lakes County (zero), Woodlands County (zero), and Northern Sunrise County (zero).

AHS North Zone – Death

The AHS North Zone is massive. For the purpose of COVID-19 tracking, it includes all communities, municipalities, First Nations, and Metis Settlements from Jasper to Athabasca to Cold Lake to the Northwest Territories border.

In this region, the death of one person from COVID-19 was announced on September 8. This person died on or before Sept. 7. He was a man in his 50s in Fort McMurray. His case of COVID-19 was confirmed on April 12. (It is unclear if he recently died of COVID-19 or if his death was just now confirmed as being related to COVID-19).

AHS North Zone – new cases

Over the weekend, there were a record number of new COVID-19 cases in the North Zone. These were Sept. 4 (31), Sept. 5 (28), Sept. 6 (21), and Sept. 7 (29). Previously, the highest number of new cases per day was 27 on Aug. 29.

The majority of these cases were in the Peace Region and Fort McMurray area. The regions with the most active cases are MacKenzie County (66) and City of Grande Prairie (66). Most other regions with active cases have many less.

Data accurate as of the end of the day on Sept. 7. Graph built by Leader staff with data from the Alberta government’s COVID statistics.

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