COCHRANE— The Town of Cochrane has topped 200 active COVID-19 cases.
The Town of Cochrane had a reported 204 active cases of COVID-19 as of the end of the day Sunday (May 2). The town sits at 591.9 active cases per 100,000 people. To date, the town has identified 817 cases of the virus— Two people have died and 611 people have recovered.
Outbreaks of five or more cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Bow Valley High School, Cochrane High School, RancheView School, St. Timothy High School and Cochrane Christian Academy.
Rocky View County has been added to the provincial list of COVID-19 hot spots after reporting 251 active cases of the virus and an active case rate of 560.6 per 100,000 people.
Provincial health measures targeted at hot spots— Defined as regions with more than 350 cases per 100,000 people and 250 currently active cases across the province— Will see junior and senior high schools will shift to online learning, and all indoor fitness and indoor sports are cancelled.
Health measures will remain in place for two weeks even if a municipality falls below 350 cases per 100,000 people. After two weeks affected communities will return to Step 1 of the provinces reopening roll out.
In the last 24 hours, 2,012 new cases of the virus have been identified in the province after the completion of 15,000 tests.
The provincial testing positivity rate sits at 13.2 per cent.
Of the newly identified cases, 1,900 are variants of concern. Variants now represent 64 per cent of active cases.
There are 658 COVID-related hospitalizations in the province, including 154 patients in intensive care.
The province reported four new COVID-related deaths. To date, 2,090 Albertans have died.
The province has administered 1.64 million doses of the COVID-19. A reported 29.9 per cent of the population of the province has received at least one dose and 6.7 per cent of Albertans have been fully immunized.
As part of the COVID-19 vaccine roll out the province announced Alberta teachers, early childhood educators and support staff will be able to begin booking vaccine appointments starting Tuesday (May 4). Those eligible include certified teachers, support staff, child care workers, bus drivers, custodians and others.
There are 23,608 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta.