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Active COVID-19 cases in Fort McMurray down to single digits

FILE - This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which cause COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. Viruses are constantly mutating, with coronavirus variants circulating around the globe. (NIAID-RML via AP)

FORT MCMURRAY (660 NEWS) – Active cases of COVID-19 have dropped to single digits in Fort McMurray.

According to the latest stats from the province, there are currently eight active cases in the city and just one in the surrounding region.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 17 COVID-related deaths in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Over the past three days, 90 new cases were added to Alberta’s total, an average of 30 infections per day.

No new deaths were reported and hospitalizations decreased to 112, including 34 in ICU.

Even with the new ones added, active cases across the province have continued the downward trend, now sitting at 624.

Meantime, more than 74 per cent of eligible Albertans have received at least one dose of vaccine, with 55.3 per cent fully vaccinated.

On Tuesday, Premier Jason Kenney nixed the idea of vaccine passports in Alberta saying it would likely contravene the Health Information Act and possibly the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.