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COVID cases remain high in Fort Macleod

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Dr. Deena Hinshaw is chief medical officer of health for Alberta.

COVID-19 continues to explode across Alberta. The province is reporting 21,307 active cases, with 1,063 people in hospital and 265 in intensive care.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said 100 per cent of new ICU admissions were people who are not vaccinated.

Alberta has had 2,645 deaths due to COVID-19. In the south zone, which includes Fort Macleod, there are 2,317 active cases, 131 people in hospital and 30 in ICU. One hundred 94 people have died. Fort Macleod has 54 cases, Cardston-Kainai has 145, Lethbridge County has 167, Pincher Creek has 55, Claresholm has 29, Vulcan County has 40. and Crowsnest Pass has 15.

Alberta has administered 6,013,277 doses of vaccine.

More than 82 per cent of the population has received one dose and close to 743 per cent of Albertans are fully vaccinated. In Fort Macleod, just over 52 per cent of the eligible population has received at least one dose. Just over 46 per cent of people in Fort Macleod are fully vaccinated.

The lowest uptake of vaccination in Fort Macleod is with people aged 20 to 39 years.

Vaccine uptake in Fort Macleod is also low among people aged 12-19 years.

“Vaccines are safe, effective and they save lives,” Hinshaw said Thursday during a news conference. “It’s important for all of us to do our part to protect those who are vulnerable.”

Hinshaw said people who are not fully vaccinated are 15 times more likely than those who have vaccine protection to end up in hospital with COVID-19.

People who are not fully vaccinated are 40 times more likely to be admitted to ICU than those who have vaccine protection.

About 77 per cent of people in Alberta hospitals with COVID-19 are not fully vaccinated.

Ninety-two per cent of people in Alberta’s ICUs have not had both shots.

Hinshaw addressed rumours that vaccines are not working against the Delta variant.

“This is categorically untrue,” Hinshaw said.

Hinshaw said COVID vaccines have proven to be 85 per cent effective against the Delta variant after two doses.

“The bottom line is that two doses of vaccine will protect most people from getting sick, having to go to the hospital or dying if they catch the virus,” Hinshaw said.

Hinshaw added that no vaccine is 100 per cent effective and a small percentage of people could still get COVID-19 after being vaccinated.

The risk of severe outcomes in these “breakthrough” cases is small.

Some people have conditions that do not allow their bodies to fully respond to vaccine, highlighting the need for others to participate by forming a protective shield around them.

“Please, if you are not yet fully vaccinated do so as soon as possible,” Hinshaw said. “I also encourage you to help others who may need help finding reputable sources of information on COVID vaccines.”

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