Thirteenth Person Dies From COVID In Fort McMurray, Province Expands Eligibility For Second Vaccine

COVID-19 is claiming the life of another individual in Fort McMurray.

The province announced on Thursday six additional deaths from the virus across Alberta – one of which lived in the community.

This is the thirteenth death related to COVID-19 in Fort McMurray and the RMWB.

Of the six deaths, two lived in the north zone – a man in his 40s who had no known comorbidities and another man in his 70s who had an unknown amount comorbidities.

It’s unclear which individual lived in Fort McMurray as the province doesn’t release the exact location of each individual, just the zone they lived in.

In total, there have been 2,262 deaths across the province.

Daily Update

Fort McMurray’s active total of COVID cases is continuing to drop.

The province again announced on Thursday 178 new cases over the past 24-hours.

There are currently 3,810 active cases across Alberta, while there have been a total of 229,949 positive tests.

There are also 306 Albertans in the hospital for the virus, 81 of which are in ICUs.

Locally, Fort McMurray added no new cases and 22 recoveries in the past 24 hours which lowers the active total to 167.

The rural areas added no new cases and one recovery, putting the active total to 31.

In total, 6,736 individuals across the RMWB – 6,442 in Fort McMurray and 294 in the rural areas – have recovered.

They are among the 223,877 who’ve recovered across the province. This represents over 97 per cent of reported cases.

Second Dose Eligibility

More Albertans can now book an appointment to get their second COVID-19 vaccine.

Premier Jason Kenney also announced on Thursday they’re allowing those who received their first dose in April to set up a time, effective immediately.

Originally, these individuals had to wait until June 14 before they could book a time. However, due to supply and the small number of people getting their first vaccine, the province is moving up the timeline.

People who received the AstraZeneca vaccine in April or earlier can also book an appointment, though the province recommends you wait eight weeks between shots.

Individuals who got their first shot in May or June will need to wait a little longer. At this time, they’ll be eligible by June 28 at the latest.

Residents can book an appointment at MacDonald Island Park by calling Health Link at 811 or through AHS’s website. People can also call participating healthcare facilities directly.

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