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Airdrie reports 37 COVID-19 cases, Kenney to provide update at 1 p.m.

Airdrie's active COVID-19 cases continued to drop in the last two days, as the city reported 37 active cases as of June 16 – a decrease from 55 reported on June 9.

Airdrie's active COVID-19 cases continued to drop in the last two days, as the city reported 37 active cases as of June 16 – a decrease from 55 reported on June 9.

According to Airdrie.ca, which publishes a daily update on the city's COVID-19 statistics, there have been 3,823 cases of the virus locally since the pandemic began. Since the pandemic began, 3,777 Airdronians have recovered from the virus and 19 deaths have been reported. 

As cases continue to drop locally, vaccination numbers continue to rise. According to the Province's vaccination status map, 67 per cent of eligible Airdrie residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination as of June 16 end-of-day, while 18 per cent of residents have received both doses of a vaccine.

Airdrie's schools are also seeing a drop in active cases. The city is now reporting COVID-19 cases at five local schools, according to the provincial government's COVID-19 school status map. Two schools are reporting outbreaks of 10 or more cases, two schools are reporting outbreaks of five to nine cases and one school is reporting two to four active cases.

Provincially, Alberta reported 150 new COVID-19 infections on June 16 from 6,044 completed tests. According to government stats, there are 2,471 active cases in Alberta, with 242 hospitalizations and 58 ICU admissions. The stats indicate 2,280 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Alberta since the pandemic began.

As for the vaccine rollout, 3,583,406 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Alberta as of June 16. According to alberta.ca, 69.7 per cent of Albertans aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Twenty-four per cent of Albertans have ben fully vaccinated.

Two weeks after the 70 per cent vaccination threshold has been reached, Alberta will be able to launch Stage 3 of its economic reopening plan, which will see the removal of most public health measures in the province. Premier Jason Kenney is scheduled to provide an update on the vaccine rollout and reopening plan at 1 p.m. this afternoon.