ATHABASCA — The greater Athabasca region is seeing climbing COVID-19 numbers yet again.
Pre-Christmas the number hovered at nine but doubled Dec. 28 to 19, right after Alberta premier Jason Kenney and chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw held a press conference once again asking people to get vaccinated, their second dose, or booster vaccinations.
When numbers updated on the Alberta government website Jan. 4, Athabasca County, including the village of Boyle and town of Athabasca showed 33 active cases, 14 more than just hours before.
By local geographic area, Boyle has 12 active cases with the remaining 21falling to the Athabasca area including the southern part of the MD of Opportunity and MD of East Lesser Slave Lake.
On Dec. 31 Alberta Education announced school would also remain closed across the province for another week while post-secondary institutions were ramping up for online learning.
Currently, across the province there are 436 people in hospital with 61 of them in intensive care. There has been a total of 3,322 deaths attributed to COVID-19 complications since the start of the pandemic in Alberta and 34,276 people actively have COVID-19 according to the Alberta Health Services (AHS) numbers.
At least 89.4 per cent of the population ages 12 and up have received at least one dose of vaccine and 85.3 per cent of the population ages 12 and up have had two doses.
In the Athabasca region there have been 978 active cases with 942 recovered and three deaths. The current active case rate is 252.4 per 100,000.