Active cases of COVID-19 across the province are continuing to trend downward, with fewer than 5,000 active cases in Alberta as of Saturday, June 5.
The Town of Drumheller has reported zero new cases of COVID-19 since mid-May 2021, and enters the second week of zero active cases within the community.
“With the lab now screening all positive COVID-19 cases for these variants, case investigation teams will now be re-starting second calls for cases with variants of concern other than the B.1.1.7, or U.K. variant,” Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said during the COVID update on Thursday, June 3.
She noted the B.1.1.7 variant is now the dominant strain found in Alberta, adding “We want to pay particular attention to the lower volume variants of concern.”
More than 3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, and 529,502 Albertans have been fully immunized with two doses as of Saturday, June 5.
Stage Two of Alberta’s Open for Summer plan is anticipated to start Thursday, June 10-two weeks after reaching the target of 60 per cent of eligible Albertans having received at least one vaccine dose, and hospitalizations dropping below 500 and declining.
In the Starland County-Drumheller region, 52.9 per cent of residents, or 6,267 people, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine; 88 per cent of residents 75 and older (846 people), and 77.5 per cent of residents between 60 and 74 (1,856 people) have received at least one dose of the vaccine in the region.
As of Monday, June 7 there are zero active cases of COVID-19 for the Town of Drumheller. There are also zero active cases in Starland County, six in Kneehill County, and eight in Wheatland County.