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COVID-19 variants now dominate Alberta cases; 356 active cases in Fort McMurray
COVID-19 variants are now the dominant strains of new cases in Alberta. The B.117 variant, which was first detected in the United Kingdom, makes up 99 per cent of Alberta’s variant cases. The other two strains include the B.1351 variant found in South Africa and the P.1 variant first identified in Brazil.
Local MLAs defend COVID-19 orders as necessary to protect health system
Local UCP MLAs Laila Goodridge and Tany Yao say the province’s recent COVID-19 shutdown orders are necessary to keep Alberta’s health-care system from getting overwhelmed, after a quarter of the UCP caucus publicly protested the restrictions on Wednesday.
Fort McMurray Islamic School, École Dickinsfield move some grades online as 226 students, 25 staff quarantined
Two Fort McMurray Public Schools are moving select grades to online learning from April 12 to 16 because 226 students and 25 staff are quarantining. There are at least 14 people with COVID-19, including 11 variant cases.
Alberta doctors say COVID-19 restrictions won't be enough; 335 active cases in Fort McMurray
Doctors in Edmonton and Calgary are calling for a strict, financially-supported lockdown or circuit breaker in Alberta, saying the restrictions announced Tuesday will not be enough to bend the curve of COVID-19.
Remains found near Thickwood Gazebo identified as Ellie Herman
Wood Buffalo RCMP have identified human remains found in Thickwood as Ellie Herman, 35, of the Chipewyan Prairie First Nation . Herman was last seen in Fort McMurray on Sept. 20, 2019 and reported missing on Oct. 17, 2019. The cause of death is being investigated.
Local school divisions reviewing proposed K-6 curriculum, FMCSD open to pilot program
The superintendent of the Fort McMurray Catholic School Division (FMCSD) is willing to let Alberta’s proposed K-6 curriculum be piloted in local schools, while the Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) is “carefully reviewing” next steps. So far, no local schools have been selected to run the pilot program.
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Fort McMurray surpasses second wave's peak with 314 active COVID-19 cases; vaccine clinic at MacIsland opens
COVID-19 cases in Fort McMurray have nearly doubled since April 1, setting a record for active cases since the pandemic began last March. There are now more active cases in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo since COVID-19 was first reported in Fort McMurray on March 19.
No new measures as Kenney pleads with Albertans to follow health orders; vaccine clinic opening at MacIsland
Premier Jason Kenney is pleading with Albertans to follow COVID-19 health measures after the province reported more than 800 new cases for the second day in a row. But, Kenney did not announce any new shutdown orders as COVID-19 numbers continue rising in Alberta.