Weekly COVID: First Grande Prairie death, three more in MacKenzie

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

From August 14 to 21, Slave Lake remained at zero active COVID-19 case. However, the first City of Grande Prairie resident died from COVID-19 and three more MacKenzie County residents died. 

As of August 21, the AHS North Zone had 767 total cases – 110 active, 631 recovered, and 26 died. It also had four outbreaks. One of these was in a senior’s lodge in La Crete, with three of the eight MacKenzie deaths connected with it.


The three MacKenzie deaths were a man in his 70s, and a man and a woman who were 80 or older.  

On Friday, August 21, the death of a man in his 70s from the City of Grande Prairie was announced. This is the first COVID death in Grande Prairie, but the second in the area. Last week a man died from the M.D. of Greenview, which is a large municipality with a border just south of the City of Grande Prairie.

Near Slave Lake

COVID-19 numbers are reported by county which includes towns and reserves with populations under 10,000. Therefore, Slave Lake is included in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River numbers which remain at zero active cases.

Lesser Slave River shares a border with six municipalities. Over the week, there were changes in three. To the west, Big Lakes County’s final case recovered. To the north, Northern Sunrise County had one new active case. Westlock County had one new case and one recovered, so it remained at one active case.


There was also a new outbreak in the County of Northern Lights just west of Sunrise County. This was ‘Deadwood religious gathering, Manning.’

Manning is in Northern Lights. The county is between MacKenzie, Clear Hills, Northern Sunrise, and the B.C border.  

The Manning outbreak had 14 cases – seven active and seven recovered, but not everyone involved lives in Manning because Northern Lights had only 12 cases – seven active and five recovered. 

Two outbreaks were in MacKenzie County. ‘Family gatherings, La Crete’ with 124 cases – seven active and 114 recovered. Also in La Crete, there was an outbreak in Heistaed Seniors Lodge with 21 cases – six active, 12 recovered, and three deaths. 

The final outbreak was ‘CNRL Albian, Fort Mackay’ in Wood Buffalo with five cases – one active and four recovered.

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