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Active cases of COVID-19 decrease in Wood Buffalo and Alberta

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 decreased across Alberta, including in Wood Buffalo, however deaths continue to increase in the province.

Over the past 24 hours, 26 more deaths were reported; including a man in his 20’s from Calgary who had no known pre-existing conditions.

To date, the virus has claimed the lives of 2,804 Albertans. That includes 18 in Fort McMurray and two in rural Wood Buffalo.

Hospitalizations and ICU admissions have dipped in the province to 1,083 and 247, respectively.

Despite adding another 1,263 new cases on Wednesday, active infections in Alberta dropped below 19,000 for the first time in about a month to 18,912.

In Fort McMurray, active cases have decreased to 334 and there are 23 in the surrounding region.