COVID Weekly: One new death & 410 total cases

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

From July 10 to 16, the M.D. of Lesser Slave River, including the Town of Slave Lake, remained at zero active cases. However, not every AHS North Zone region was as lucky. There were 54 new North Zone cases, the most in any week since the outbreak started 19 weeks (4.3 months) earlier.

Over the weekend of July 10 to 12, a man over 80 years old in MacKenzie County died from COVID-19. This was the first AHS North Zone COVID-19 death since May 26.

MacKenzie County is in the northwestern corner of Alberta. It has a COVID outbreak in La Crete due to a family gathering. With 27 active cases and a population of 24,171, it is under a watch. If the situation becomes worse, the province may impose extra safety measures.

Closer to Slave Lake, there were two new active cases in Athabasca County, which hadn’t had an active case since June. To the west, five people recovered in Big Lakes County, leaving only three active cases.

Most of these were in MacKenzie County. However, there were also three new municipalities with cases in the Peace Region: Birch Hills County and the M.D. of Fairview. 

By the end of the week (Thurs. July 16) this increased to 410: 64 active, 329 recovered; and 17 deaths.

Each day, there were new cases. These ranged from three (Wed.) to 11 (Mon.), with the majority over six. 

The number of recovered cases also increased. The oldest active case was confirmed on July 7.

Active cases: 64 cases in 14 regions.

  • 27 – MacKenzie County
  • eight – Clear Hills County
  • six – Grande Prairie County & City of Grande Prairie
  • three – Big Lakes County
  • two – Athabasca County, County of Northern Lights, Wood Buffalo, Lac St. Anne County, Birch Hills County (new)
  • one – Fort McMurray, M.D.s of Greenview, Bonnyville, and Fairview (new)
COVID-19 active cases, recovered, and deaths in the AHS North Zone, by week cases were confirmed. Across the North Zone, 17 people have died from the virus. The first North Zone death was on March 30 (the case was confirmed on March 17). 
The most recent death was on the weekend of July 10 to 12 of a man over 80 years old in MacKenzie County. His case was confirmed just days earlier on July 9. Before then, the last death was on May 26 (confirmed in April). 

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