Fort McMurray Adds Two New COVID-19 Cases, First Possible COVID-Variant Case Found In Region

The active total of COVID-19 cases in Fort McMurray is once again slightly rising.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced on Tuesday 355 new cases over the past day across Alberta.

There are currently 4,776 active cases across Alberta, while there have been a total of 139,143 positive tests. There are also 260 Albertans in the hospital for the virus, 44 of which are in ICUs.

Locally, Fort McMurray added two new cases and no recoveries which raises the active total to 21.

The rural areas didn’t see any new changes in the past 24 hours, keeping the total of active cases at four.

Wood Buffalo National Park also continues to have one active case.

In total, 1,902 individuals across the RMWB – 1,758 in Fort McMurray, 135 in the rural areas, and nine in Wood Buffalo National Park – have recovered.

They are among the 132,415 who’ve recovered across the province. This represents just over 95 per cent of reported cases.

There were also three new deaths from COVID-19 in Alberta over the past 24 hours – raising the total to 1,952.

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

First Possible Case of COVID-19 Variant

The first possible case of the new variants is popping up in the RMWB.

An individual with ties to St. Anne School was diagnosed last week, however, it was recently discovered they had the U.K. variant.

It’s remaining open at this time with all students and staff needing to self-isolate already being contacted by the school.

It’s unknown whether this is the first confirmed variant case in the region as the province has been sorting all cases through the different zones.

As of Tuesday, 15 cases have been found in the north zone.

Meanwhile, two individuals linked to Holy Trinity have tested positive for the virus.

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