As more people get their first and second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, Airdrie has reported its lowest number of active cases of the virus in months, with 60 active infections as of June 8 – a drop of 19 cases from June 6.
Airdrie.ca, which publishes a daily update on the city's COVID-19 statistics, said there have been 3,804 cases of the virus locally since the pandemic began. Of those, 3,725 people have recovered and 19 deaths have been reported. One new death was reported on June 8.
In addition to the dropping case counts, about 52 per cent of Airdrie and surrounding area residents – 39,750 people – have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination as of June 8, according to a provincial vaccine status map. About 65 per cent of eligible Airdronians (12 years old and older) have received their first dose.
Airdrie's schools continue to see a dramatic drop in COVID-19 infections. While 18 schools were listed on the provincial government's COVID-19 school status map at its peak in May, Airdrie is now reporting COVID-19 cases at eight local schools. Two schools are reporting outbreaks of 10 or more cases, four schools are reporting outbreaks of five to nine cases and two schools are reporting two to four active cases.
Provincially, Alberta reported 139 new COVID-19 infections on June 8. With 3,443 tests completed, the new cases mean there were 4,431 active cases in the province as of press time, with 336 hospitalizations and 85 ICU admissions. According to the government's data, 2,251 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported since the pandemic began.
Over the June 5 to 6 weekend, Alberta surpassed the three-million dose milestone for administering COVID-19 vaccines. According to the Province, 3,123,226 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Alberta as of June 7, with 545,453 people fully immunized, having received both doses of a vaccine. That means about 67 per cent of eligible Albertans have received their first dose of vaccine (57 per cent of all Albertans), while 15 per cent of eligible Albertans (13 per cent of the total population) are fully vaccinated with two doses.