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Airdrie at 135 active COVID-19 cases while provincial hospitalizations continue to rise

As of Aug. 24, the City of Airdrie is sitting at 135 active cases of COVID-19, while surrounding Rocky View County sits at 62 active cases. 
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The City of Airdrie currently sits at 135 active cases of COVID-19.

As of Aug. 24, the City of Airdrie is reporting 135 active cases of COVID-19, while surrounding Rocky View County sits at 62 active cases. 

Cases have more than doubled since Aug. 9, when Airdrie reported 64 active infections.

Rising numbers locally are part of a bigger picture in Alberta, which has seen substantial jumps in daily case counts and hospitalizations throughout the province in recent weeks. Alberta currently has 8,496 active cases of COVID-19, with 284 people in hospital and 59 receiving intensive care. The seven-day average for per cent positivity of COVID-19 tests is approximately nine per cent. 

On the vaccination front, 5,511,274 doses of vaccine have been administered to Albertans to date, meaning approximately 69 per cent of residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated, while 77.5 per cent of residents 12 and older have had one dose of a vaccine. 

As infection rates continue to climb, conversation surrounding the implementation of vaccine passports has been swirling around the country, with Quebec and B.C recently announcing plans to institute proof of vaccination as a means to enter businesses and events. According to the Quebec government website, vaccine passports will be introduced in the province on Sept. 1. However, there will be a grace period from Sept. 1 to 15, when the passport will be in use but no penalties will be imposed. 

Quebeckers will be required to show their proof to enter various public spaces, such as bars, restaurants, theatres, gyms, events, festivals and more. A vaccine passport will not be required for access to education facilities and employers will not be able to use vaccination status as a requirement for employment. 

The B.C. government's version of vaccination proof is set to begin on Sept. 13. B.C. has also reinstated their masking mandate. 

Reports from the Government of Alberta and the Chief Medical Officer of Health have been few and far between in recent weeks. However, the Province's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, has continued to post case updates regularly to her Twitter page

On Aug. 25, Hinshaw tweeted a graphic breaking down the number of patients admitted to the ICU based on vaccine status. From June 1 to Aug. 24, 86 per cent of people being treated in intensive care were unvaccinated. Partially vaccinated individuals accounted for nine per cent of ICU stays, while five per cent of patients in that period were fully vaccinated. 

Her thread concluded with a call to Albertans to get the jab.

"Unvaccinated Albertans continue to make up the vast majority of hospitalizations. Vaccine doses continue to be available province-wide. If you have not yet received your first and second dose of vaccine, book yours today [at] http://alberta.ca/vaccine