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Active COVID-19 infections above 200 in Airdrie as variants make up majority of provincial cases

As COVID-19 cases across the province continue to rise, Airdrie has reported 215 active cases as of April 11, up 33 from April 9.

As COVID-19 cases across the province continue to rise, Airdrie has reported 215 active cases as of April 11, an increase of  33 from April 9.

According to a daily COVID-19 update page on Airdrie.ca, there have been 2,325 total cases of the virus reported in the city since March 2020. To date, 2,093 Airdronians have recovered from COVID-19 and 17 deaths have been reported.

As students return to class from spring break, cases are confirmed at 10 schools in Airdrie, according to the provincial COVID-19 status map. A.E. Bowers Elementary School is still listed under "outbreak" status, with 10 or more active cases. Northcott Prairie School and Our Lady Queen of Peace Elementary School are also experiencing an outbreak, of five to nine active cases. R.J. Hawkey Elementary School, Nose Creek Elementary School, Atlas Learning Academy Ltd., Meadowbrook School, Ralph McCall School, École Airdrie Middle School and St. Martin de Porres High School have all been listed under "alert" status, meaning they are each reporting two to four active cases. 

Across the province, cases continue to escalate rapidly. According to Alberta.ca, 1,136 new cases were identified on April 11, meaning there are 14,849 active cases in the province. The reported provincial numbers indicate 390 patients are in hospital with the virus as of April 11 and 90 Albertans in intensive care units.

In total, 2,018 deaths have been reported in Alberta from COVID-19 as of April 11 – an increase of 15 since April 8.

In terms of the more contagious COVID-19 variants of concern, the provincial total currently sits at 7,620 active cases. Variant cases accounted for roughly 51 per cent of active cases in Alberta as of April 11.

On the vaccination front, 932,258 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Alberta as of April 11, according to government figures. To date, 176,941 Albertans are fully immunized with two doses of a vaccine.

On April 12, the Alberta government announced its vaccination rollout will soon be able to provide 300,000 doses a week. There are currently more than 1,300 pharmacies and 103 immunization sites administering the shots, with more coming on board in the coming weeks.

According to a government press release, all adults in Alberta will be offered a first dose of vaccine by the end of June, provided vaccines arrive as scheduled.

“In the race between the vaccines and variants, we are gaining ground," stated Premier Jason Kenney in the release.

Rocky View County has also seen a large rise in COVID-19 infections, as 209 are currently active – an increase of 42 since April 9. Seven schools in RVC are currently on the provincial COVID-19 status map; Khalsa School Calgary Educational Foundation in Conrich, Springbank Middle School and Edge School in Springbank, Springbank Community High School, W.G. Murdoch School in Crossfield, Bearspaw School and Langdon School.

On the east side of the county, Chestermere reported 141 active cases as of April 11. Four area schools are listed on the provincial COVID-19 status map; Chestermere Lake Middle School is experiencing an outbreak of 10 or more cases, Chestermere High School is experiencing an outbreak of more than 10 cases and St. Gabriel the Archangel School is experiencing an outbreak of five to nine cases. Prairie Waters Elementary School was added to the list with two to four active cases.

Out west, Cochrane reported 143 active cases of the virus as of April 11, while seven Cochrane schools have confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks. Bow Valley High School and Cochrane High School are experiencing an outbreak of 10 or more cases each. Cochrane Christian Academy has also reported an outbreak with five to nine cases reported. St. Timothy High School, Glenbow Elementary School, RancheView School and Manachaban Middle School are also listed on the government's COVID-19 school status map, with two to four active cases each.