Slave Lake area residents 61.9 per cent COVID vaccinated

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

As of Feb. 10, 61.9 per cent of people living in Slave Lake AHS Local Geographic Area (LGA) were fully vaccinated against COVID. Also, 67.1 per cent had one dose and 20.7 per cent had three. Over six days from Feb. 5 to 10, 14 people received a first dose, 42 a second, and 53 a third.

The Slave Lake LGA includes the Town of Slave Lake, Sawridge First Nation, Red Earth Creek (and surrounding First Nations), and the bulk of the M.D. of Lesser Slave River excluding Smith and Flatbush. It has a population of 11,655, with 7,210 fully vaccinated.


From Feb. 5 to 10, two people from Westlock County (which includes Westlock) died from COVID-19. These were the only two of the eight AHS North Zone deaths which were nearby to Slave Lake. The others were from the M.D. of Fairview, MacKenzie County, City of Grande Prairie, City of Cold Lake, and Fort McMurray. The deceased were two women in their 60s, a woman and four men in their 70s and a man 80 or older. 


The North Zone covers the top half of Alberta from south of Jasper, Athabasca, and Cold Lake to the border with the Northwest Territories.

Over the six days from Feb. 5 to 10, the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in the AHS North Zone increased to 114 (eight ICU) from on Feb. 4 to 134 (eight in ICU). For most of January, North Zone hospitalizations were in the 44 to 61 (three to seven ICU) range. On January 25, they increased to 81 (five ICU), and have been going up since. This number does not include AHS North Zone patients transported to Edmonton or other major centres.


The outbreak situation in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River (incl. Slave Lake and Sawridge First Nation) and its closest neighbours remained at 12. Three are in Slave Lake (Vanderwell Heritage Place, continuing care, and the homeless shelter). One is in Wabasca – Keekenow Seniors Facility.

All outbreaks remain on the list until four weeks after the last case. The oldest outbreaks (incl. Vanderwell) were added to the list on Jan. 11th.


COVID cases from the six days from Feb. 5 to Feb. 10 (active on Feb. 10):

  • Lesser Slave River (incl. Slave Lake and Sawridge) – 49 active (12 new & 36 recovered) – three outbreaks.
  • Big Lakes County – 100 active (47 new & 36 recovered) – one outbreak.
  • Westlock County – 76 active (34 new, 47 recovered, & two died) – four outbreaks.
  • M.D. of Opportunity – 56 active (14 new & 37 recovered) – one outbreak.
  • Woodlands County – six active (four new & one recovered).
  • Whitecourt – 76 active (24 new & 19 recovered) – one outbreak.
  • Athabasca County – 65 active (21 new & 38 recovered) – two outbreaks. 
  • Northern Sunrise County – 17 active (four new & 11 recovered).

COVID restrictions see COVID REP ends.

COVID-19 vaccination status by age in the Slave Lake AHS Local Geographic Area (LGA). Built by Leader staff with statistics from

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