Fort McMurray active COVID-19 cases total 29, rural hamlets have three

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COVID-19 numbers for Alberta, reported on March 21: Instructions on how to book a COVID-19 vaccine and who is eligible can be found here. 141,934 people have been infected with the virus. The earliest known COVID-19 case in Alberta was detected in a blood sample collected on Feb. 24. The first case was announced on March 5. Of those cases, 133,629 people have recovered, or 94.1 per cent of all cases. 555 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the active total to 5,971. 282 people are in hospital, with 47 people in intensive care units. Privacy regulations means Alberta Health cannot release how many COVID-19 patients are being treated in local hospitals or health centres. Two new deaths from COVID-19, totalling 1,963. The majority of people who have died from COVID-19 also had high blood pressure, dementia, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. 11,405 people were tested for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. To date, 3,597,464 tests for COVID-19 have been carried out on 1,873,670 people. 459,856 vaccine doses have been administered in total; 93,236 people are fully immunized with both doses. 178 adverse events following immunization have been reported to Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services. Adverse events are classified as any health problem following immunization. They are not necessarily caused by the vaccine. COVID-19 in Fort McMurray: Four new active cases in the past 24 hours, bringing known active total to 29. The first case was reported in the city on March 19. No new recoveries in the past 24 hours, keeping the total at 1,763. Alberta’s province-wide mask order remains active. Privacy regulations means Alberta Health cannot release how many COVID-19 patients are being treated in local hospitals or health centres. Three people have died from COVID-19 in Fort McMurray, with the last death reported on Dec. 24. The first death was reported Sept. 8. COVID-19 in rural areas and Wood Buffalo National Park: No new COVID-19 cases in rural communities or Wood Buffalo National Park has been reported in the past 24 hours, keeping the active total to three cases. No new recoveries in rural areas or Wood Buffalo National Park in the past 24 hours, keeping the total at 146. AHS has not confirmed which rural communities have active COVID-19 cases, only community leaders have. Alberta’s province-wide mask order remains active. Privacy regulations means Alberta Health cannot release how many COVID-19 patients are being treated in local hospitals or health centres. There have been no deaths from COVID-19 in the RMWB’s rural areas. COVID-19 outbreaks at Wood Buffalo’s schools: Information on school outbreaks can be found online from Alberta Health Services. No school in Wood Buffalo has been ordered to close. An outbreak is declared when five people linked to a public site, such as a workplace, test positive for COVID-19. At continuing care centres and schools, the number is two. An outbreak is over when no new COVID-19 cases have been reported after 30 days. COVID-19 outbreaks at Wood Buffalo’s workplaces: Information on workplace outbreaks can be found online from Alberta Health Services. Canadian Natural’s Horizon site. Canadian Natural’s Kirby site. Imperial Oil’s Kearl Lake site. Suncor’s base plant. Suncor’s Fort Hills site. Suncor’s Firebag Village. Syncrude’s Mildred Lake site. An outbreak is declared when five people linked to a public site, such as a workplace, test positive for COVID-19. At continuing care centres and schools, the number is two. An outbreak is over when no new COVID-19 cases have been reported after 30 days.

Sarah Williscraft, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Fort McMurray Today