Vaccination efforts continue to ramp up in the province.
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, provided Tuesday’s (June 8) update on the emerging Delta (B.1.617.2) variant beginning to take hold in the province, adding that while research on the new variant is still emerging concerning vaccine efficacy, current evidence seems to show that first doses of vaccine are “somewhat” less effective against the variant. However, two doses still remain as effective as for other strains.
"The bottom line is that, while any new variant is a concern, we can still work together to stop transmission. Albertans can help by getting vaccinated."
For the local case count, the first number is active cases on Monday (June 7), while the second is the updated total for Tuesday:
- Fort Saskatchewan: 35 cases - 36 cases
- Sherwood Park: 49 cases - 48 cases
- Strathcona County: 17 cases - 17 cases
- Sturgeon County: 31 cases - 31 cases
- Morinville: three cases - three cases
- Lamont County: 10 cases - nine cases
Local vaccination rates
The total per cent of people immunized with one dose of vaccine as of Tuesday:
- Fort Saskatchewan: 55.2 per cent
- Sherwood Park: 67.6 per cent
- Strathcona County: 60.8 per cent
- Sturgeon County West (including Morinville): 53 per cent
- Sturgeon County East: 53.1 per cent
- Lamont County: 51.1 per cent
There are currently 4,431 active cases in the province, 139 new from the previous day. There are currently 336 people in the hospital, with 85 Albertans in intensive care.
Three more deaths were reported Tuesday, bringing the total to 2,251.
There have been 3,123,226 doses of the vaccine in Alberta given out so far, which is 67 per cent of the eligible population.