Weekly COVID; more deaths and outbreaks

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

From Aug. 21 to 28, the M.D. of Lesser Slave River, including Slave Lake, remained at zero active cases. Nearby, the final two cases in Northern Sunrise County and one in Westlock County recovered. By Aug. 28, there were four cases in three bordering municipalities – Big Lakes County (one), Westlock County (one), and Athabasca County (two).  


However, in other parts of the AHS North Zone, there was bad news. Over the Aug. 21 to 23 weekend, a second Grande Prairie resident died of COVID-19. On Aug. 26, another MacKenzie County resident died. Both were men in their 70s. 

AHS North Zone deaths by age and gender. As of Aug. 28, out of the 876 total COVID-19 cases – 28 died, 694 recovered, and 154 were active.


During the week, there were three new COVID-19 outbreaks in the AHS North Zone – two in Grande Prairie, which is about three hours from Slave Lake. All three were in seniors’ care facilities. 

By Friday, Aug. 28, the seven outbreak numbers were: 

(New) ‘La Crete Continuing Care Centre, La Crete’ – two recovered. 

(New) ‘Heritage Lodge, Grande Prairie’ – four active.

(New) ‘Signature Supports Services, Grande Prairie’ – 15 cases – 14 active & one death.

‘Heimstaed Seniors Lodge, La Crete.’ 23 – five active, 15 recovered, & three deaths.

Not at seniors’ facilities:

‘CNRL Albian, Fort Mackay’ – six cases – one active & five recovered.

‘Family gatherings, La Crete’ – 140 cases – 15 active, 121 recovered, & four deaths.

‘Deadwood religious gathering, Manning’ – 19 cases – five active & 14 recovered.

Top three regions

On Aug 28, the Grande Prairie had 78 cases – 24 active, 52 recovered, and two deaths. This made it the third highest in the North Zone. After MacKenzie County (282 – 60 active, 213 recovered, and nine deaths) and Fort McMurray (98 – 21 active & 77 recovered). 

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