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Airdrie reports record number of active COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 numbers continue to surge dramatically locally as Airdrie has reported 474 active COVID-19 cases, up 105 since April 30.

COVID-19 numbers continue to surge dramatically in Airdrie, with the city reporting 474 active COVID-19 cases as of May 3 – an increase of 105 infections since April 30.

According to numbers updated daily on airdrie.ca, since the pandemic began, there has been a total of 2,944 cases locally. Of those, 2,486 have recovered and 17 deaths have been reported.

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As of May 3, cases are confirmed at 14 schools in Airdrie, according to the provincial COVID-19 status map. A.E. Bowers Elementary School is listed under "outbreak" status, with 10 or more active cases, while École francophone d'Airdrie, St. Martin de Porres High School, Nose Creek Elementary School, George McDougall High School, Our Lady Queen of Peace School and Windsong Heights School are experiencing outbreaks of five to nine active cases.

Heloise Lorimer School, École Edwards Elementary School, Bert Church High School, W.H. Croxford High School, Ralph McCall School, Footprints for Learning Society and C.W. Perry School are all listed under "alert" status, reporting two to four active cases.

According to Alberta.ca, 2,012 new cases were identified on May 3, meaning there are 23,608 active cases in the province. The reported provincial numbers indicate 658 patients are in hospital with the virus and 154 Albertans are in intensive care units. Monday's reported numbers reflected the fourth time in one week new daily cases totalled more than 2,000.

In total, 2,090 deaths have been reported in Alberta from COVID-19, as of May 3.

In terms of the more contagious COVID-19 variants of concern, the provincial total currently sits at 15,054 active cases. Variant cases accounted for roughly 63 per cent of active cases in Alberta as of May 3.

While infections continue to increase, so too do the number of vaccines administered in Alberta. According to government data, 1,640,303 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Alberta as of May 2. To date, 301,398 Albertans have been fully immunized with both doses.

Rocky View County's COVID-19 numbers also rose this week, with 251 active cases reported as of May 3 – an increase of 40 infections from April 28. The number of infections means RVC has been added as a COVID-19 "hot spot" – a classification Airdrie received last week. Being deemed a hot spot means additional restrictions are now in effect in the county, including a mandatory shift back to online learning for students in grades 7 to 12 and bans on indoor sport and fitness activities.

Nine schools in RVC are on the provincial COVID-19 status map; Springbank Middle School, Edge School, Springbank Community High School, Bearspaw School, Prince of Peace Lutheran School in Conrich, Elbow Valley Elementary School, Langdon School, Beiseker Community School and Indus School.

On the east side of the county, Chestermere reported 144 active cases as of May 3. Three area schools are listed on the provincial COVID-19 status map; Chestermere Lake Middle School is experiencing an outbreak of 10 or more cases, St. Gabriel the Archangel School is experiencing an outbreak of five to nine cases and Prairie Waters Elementary School Is also experiencing an outbreak of five to nine active cases.

Out west, Cochrane reported 204 active cases of the virus as of May 3. According to the school status map, five Cochrane schools have confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks. Bow Valley High School and Cochrane High School are both listed under "outbreak" status, reporting more than 10 cases at each. RancheView School, St. Timothy and Cochrane Christian Academy are also listed under "outbreak" status, reporting five to nine cases at each school.