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Active COVID-19 cases staying low in Fort McMurray as provincial numbers rise

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 are approaching 2,200 in Alberta as a total of 743 new infections were identified over the past four days.

According to the latest numbers from the province, 240 cases were identified Friday, 230 on Saturday, 147 on Sunday, and 126 on Monday.

There are now 2,176 active cases across the province but despite the sharp rise, hospitalizations have not increased.

Currently, 90 Albertans are being treated for COVID-19 in hospital, including 23 in ICU. No new deaths have been reported since Friday, so the total remains at 2,328.

Of the COVID-related deaths in the province, 18 were Wood Buffalo residents. As for active cases, the latest stats show 17 in Fort McMurray and none in rural communities.

Local vaccination rates are lagging behind the rest of the province, with 68.6 per cent of eligible Fort McMurray residents and 49.4 per cent of eligible rural residents with at least one dose.

Provincially, 76 per cent of those aged 12 and up have at least one dose while almost 66 per cent are fully immunized.

Just two local facilities remain on the province’s outbreak list as of August 3: CNRL Albian and Suncor Fort Hills.