Fort McMurray Drops Under 30 Active COVID-19 Cases, Province Expanding Current Eligibility For Vaccine

Fort McMurray is seeing another drop in active COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced on Thursday 331 new cases across Alberta.

There are currently 4,613 active cases across Alberta, while there have been a total of 134,785 positive tests. There are also 245 Albertans in the hospital for the virus, 47 of which are in ICUs.

Locally, Fort McMurray didn’t add any new cases, while there were four additional recoveries which lowers the active total to 29.

The rural areas added one new case in the past 24 hours, raising the total of active cases to six.

There continue to be no active cases in Wood Buffalo National Park.

In total, 1,867 individuals across the RMWB – 1,728 in Fort McMurray, 130 in the rural areas, and nine in Wood Buffalo National Park – have recovered.

They are among the 128,261 who’ve recovered across the province. This represents just over 95 per cent of reported cases.

There were also nine new deaths from COVID-19 in Alberta over the past 24 hours – raising the total to 1,911.

To date, three individuals in Fort McMurray have died as a result of the virus.

Vaccine Rollout Plan

More Albertans will now be able to get their first COVID-19 vaccine.

Starting on March 10, over 58,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses will be available for people between the ages of 50 to 64.

People who are older, have chronic health conditions or live in specific locations like supportive living facilities will continue to receive the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Also, people between the ages of 65 and 74 will be able to book an appointment on March 15.

To reduce stress on the system, appointment bookings will be offered by age group with anyone born in 1947 eligible to sign up on day one, followed by people born in 1948 on day two, and so forth.

First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people 50-years and older will also be able to book their appointments on March 15.

Those living on-reserve can book appointments through First Nations and Inuit Health and their local health centres, while those living off-reserve will be able to start booking online or via pharmacies on day one.

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