Vaccine eligibility for RMWB lowered to 18; RMWB reports 1,504 active cases

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An extra 20,000 vaccine doses will be sent to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Banff, which are leading the province for COVID-19 spread, and age eligibility in those communities will be lowered to 18.

The news comes after vaccine eligibility dropped to anyone born in 1991 last week. Mayor Don Scott and the leaders of 11 First Nation and Métis leaders have urged the province for lower age limit for vaccines for weeks.

Last Friday, the federal government announced a delay in the one-shot Janssen vaccine manufactured by Johnson and Johnson. Premier Jason Kenney had previously pledged that all of Alberta’s first shipment of those vaccines would go to the RMWB and Banff.

“We committed to the people of Wood Buffalo and Banff that we would find another way,” he said on Monday. “I’m pleased to say that we have been able to keep that commitment.”

In the rest of Alberta, Kenney announced teachers, child care workers and support staff can book COVID-19 vaccine appointments beginning Tuesday.

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The municipality continues leading Alberta for COVID-19 spread. The RMWB still has more active cases and workplace outbreaks than any community outside Edmonton and Calgary.

There are 1,504 active cases in the RMWB, putting community spread at 1,801.7 cases per 100,000 people. There are 22 workplace outbreaks, including 14 oilsands sites and camps, and five daycares.

vmcdermott@postmedia.com

COVID-19 numbers for Alberta, reported on May 3:                     

  • Vaccine eligibility in the RMWB has been lowered to anyone born in 1991.
  • 196,910 people have been infected with the virus: 23,608 active cases, 171,212 recoveries.
  • 2,012 new cases in past 24 hours.
  • 658 people in hospital, with 154 people in ICUs. Triage protocols have been released.
  • Four COVID-19 deaths in past 24 hours, bringing total to 2,090.
  • 15,058 people tested in past 24 hours.
  • 1,640,303 vaccine doses administered; 29.6 per cent has at least one dose, 6.6 per cent fully immunized.
  • 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.

COVID-19 in Fort McMurray in past 24 hours:

  • 1,458 active cases (140 new cases). First case was reported in the city on March 19. These numbers do not include the commuter workforce.
  • 3,022 recoveries (60 new recoveries).
  • Alberta’s province-wide mask order remains active.
  • Five people have died from COVID-19 in Fort McMurray, with the most recent death reported on April 27. The first death was reported Sept. 8.

COVID-19 in rural areas and Wood Buffalo National Park in past 24 hours:                    

  • 46 active cases (seven new cases). None in Wood Buffalo National Park. These numbers do not include the commuter workforce.
  • 163 recoveries (No new recoveries). These recoveries include 10 in Wood Buffalo National Park.
  • AHS has not confirmed which rural communities have active COVID-19 cases, only community leaders have.
  • Alberta’s province-wide mask order remains active.
  • 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.
  • Outbreak: Dave McNeilly Public School (5-9 cases).
  • Outbreak: Ecole Boreal (5-9 cases)
  • Outbreak: École Dickinsfield School (10+ cases).
  • Outbreak: École McTavish High School (10+ cases).
  • Outbreak: Father Beauregard Education Community Centre (5-9 cases).
  • Outbreak: Father Patrick Mercredi High School (5-9 cases).
  • Outbreak: Fort McMurray Christian School (5-9 cases).
  • Outbreak: Fort McMurray Composite High School (5-9 cases).
  • Outbreak: Fort McMurray Islamic School (10+ cases).
  • Outbreak: Holy Trinity Catholic High School (10+ cases).
  • Outbreak: Sister Mary Phillips Elementary School (5-9 cases)
  • Outbreak: St. Anne School (10+ cases).
  • Outbreak: St. Kateri School (5-9 cases).
  • Outbreak: St. Martha Catholic School (5-9 cases).
  • Outbreak: St. Paul’s Elementary School (5-9 cases).
  • Outbreak: Walter and Gladys Hill Public School (5-9 cases).
  • Outbreak: Westwood Community High School (5-9 cases).
  • Alert: Dr. Karl A Clark Elementary School (2-4 cases).
  • Alert: Father J.A. Turcotte OMI School (2-4 cases).
  • Alert: Hillcrest Montessori Academy (2-4 cases).
  • Alert: St. Gabriel School (2-4 cases).
  • Alert: Thickwood Heights School (2-4 cases).
  • Alert: Timberlea Public School (2-4 cases).
  • Alert: Westview School (2-4 cases).
  • 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.
  • Bethel Happy Daycare
  • Canadian Natural Albian site
  • Canadian Natural Horizon site
  • Canadian Natural Jackfish site
  • Cenovus Sunrise Lodge
  • Civeo Lynx Lodge
  • CNOOC Long Lake site
  • Imperial Oil Kearl Lake site
  • Joly’s Your Independent Grocer
  • McMurray Montessori Academy Silin Forest Campus
  • North American Construction Group (Ruth Lake)
  • North Star Ford
  • Oilsands Industrial Lodge
  • Suncor base plant
  • Suncor Firebag Village
  • Suncor Fort Hills
  • Suncor MacKay River site
  • Sunshine Community Day Home
  • Syncrude Aurora site
  • Syncrude Mildred Lake site
  • Wheaton-Penny Childcare Centre
  • YMCA Eagle Ridge Care Centre
  • 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.

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