Slave Lake area active COVID cases decreasing

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

The number of active COVID-19 cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River (LSR) decreased the week of November 20 to 26th. The LSR cases could be in Slave Lake, Sawridge First Nation, or LSR from Assineau to Flatbush. 

The number of active COVID cases also decreased in the AHS North Zone in general and in some of LSR’s closest neighbours. However, active cases in Westlock County, the M.D. of Opportunity, and Athabasca County increased slightly.

School outbreaks

For most of the fall, three Slave Lake schools (C.J. Schurter Elementary, E.G. Wahlstrom Elementary, and Roland Michener Secondary School) have had a COVID ‘alert’ or ‘outbreak.’ 

School outbreaks are listed as an ‘alert: two to four cases’, ‘alert: five to nine’, or ‘outbreak: 10 or more.’

The week of Nov. 20 to 26th, both C.J. and E.G.W. decreased to an ‘alert: two to four cases.’ Michener was already down to this level. 

During the same period, a Whitecourt school was removed. The only other school in the LSR or municipalities which border it was in Westlock. 


COVID outbreaks are either general or school. The threshold for a general outbreak being called depends on the facility.

As of November 26th, the only general COVID outbreak in LSR or its closest neighbours was the Slave Lake Health Care acute care. This outbreak was put on the list of outbreaks on on November 19th.

Health-care outbreaks are listed when there are two or more cases associated with the facility, says All general outbreaks remain on the list until four weeks after the last case was identified.


From November 20 to 26, the COVID-19 situation (active and outbreaks on Nov. 26) in LSR and its closest neighbours was:

  • LSR – 68 active (39 new & 56 recovered) – one outbreak and three schools with an ‘alert: 2 to 4 cases’
  • Big Lakes County – 11 active (three new & 21 recovered) 
  • Westlock County – 41 active (18 new & 17 recovered) 
  • M.D. of Opportunity – 21 active (15 new & nine recovered)
  • Woodlands County – zero active
  • Whitecourt – 12 active (four new & nine recovered) 
  • Athabasca County – 11 active (eight new & six recovered) 
  • Northern Sunrise County – 10 active (eight new & 16 recovered).
In Alberta, the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020. Since then, various people in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River (including the Town of Slave Lake and Sawridge First Nation) and its closest neighbours have contracted the virus. Of these, the majority have recovered, a few have died, and a some still have the virus. Graph built by Leader staff with statistics from

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