Fort McMurray, Rural Areas See Drop In Active COVID Cases

Fort McMurray is seeing a slight decrease in active COVID-19 cases.

The province announced on Thursday 812 new cases over the past day.

There are currently 17,675 active cases across Alberta, while there have been a total of 222,279 positive tests.

There are also 665 Albertans in the hospital for the virus, 177 of which are in ICUs.

Locally, Fort McMurray added 77 new cases and 86 recoveries in the past 24 hours which puts the active total at 1,259.

The rural areas added no new cases and six recoveries, lowering the total of active cases to 49.

Wood Buffalo National Park’s active total remains at two.

Fort McMurray is once again back at the top of the list when it comes to spread of the virus in Alberta.

The community is averaging around 1,585 cases per 100,000 people with the Municipal District Of Bighorn seeing around 34 fewer cases per 100,000 individuals.

In total, 5,185 individuals across the RMWB – 4,941 in Fort McMurray, 234 in the rural areas, and 10 in Wood Buffalo National Park – have recovered.

They are among the 202,442 who’ve recovered across the province. This represents over 91 per cent of reported cases.

There were also four new deaths from COVID-19 in Alberta over the past 24 hours – raising the total to 2,162.

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

Vaccination Update

Over 36 per cent of eligible residents in Fort McMurray and roughly 27 per cent in the rural areas have gotten at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Right now, those born in 2009 or earlier can book an appointment at MacDonald Island Park or participating healthcare facilities.

This is the current breakdown for who’s gotten the vaccine in Fort McMurray:

  • 75+: 482 people (66 per cent)
  • 60-74: 4,387 people (64 per cent)
  • 40-59: 12,625 people (54 per cent)
  • 20-39: 9,757 people (34 per cent)
  • 12-19: 1,869 people (44 per cent)

This is the current breakdown for who’s gotten the vaccine in the rural areas:

  • 75+: 60 people (57 per cent)
  • 60-74: 262 people (51 per cent)
  • 40-59: 476 people (40 per cent)
  • 20-39: 247 people (21 per cent)
  • 12-19: 65 people (22 per cent)

Quarantine Rules

The province is updating the quarantine rules for those who’re deemed close contacts of a positive case.

Starting immediately, those who have received two doses of vaccine, with the last shot happening at least two weeks earlier, don’t need to self-isolate if they have no symptoms.

If they do, they can stop quarantining once they receive a negative test or ten days have passed and they’re no longer sick.

As for those who’ve received one shot, they only have to self-isolate for a maximum of 10 days if they have no symptoms and can stop quarantining if they get a negative test after at least seven days.

International travellers must continue to isolate for 14 days once they return to the country.

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