With news on COVID-19 happening rapidly, we’ve created this page to bring you our latest stories and information on the outbreak in and around Calgary.
What’s happening now
- Alberta reported 77 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death. There are 1,134 active cases in the province and 306 in the city of Calgary.
- The federal government is giving $2 billion to the provinces to bolster safe school reopening.
- Calgary Transit is expanding its fall schedule.
- Calgary crime rates plunged during the pandemic’s early months but the lockdown appears to have worsened the severity of domestic assaults, say city police.
- As teachers and school staff return to their classrooms to prepare for the new school year, Alberta’s top doctor is continuing to encourage them to add COVID-19 testing to their back-to-school to-do lists.
- Alberta parents and teachers protested in front of the offices of United Conservative Government MLAs Friday, demanding more funding and safety measures ahead of the planned September return to schools.
- Education Minister Adriana LaGrange took to Twitter to say school boards are able to delay or stagger starts as needed and teachers already have “clear time” to prepare for re-entry with the current dates. The Calgary Catholic School Board said they will be starting on Sept. 2.
- A Kentucky man could face a fine of up to $750,000 or six months in jail for allegedly violating a quarantine order in the Alberta Rockies in late June.
- CERB has been extended for another four weeks while the federal Liberals roll out a replacement, $37-billion simplified EI program.
Province reports another 77 cases, one death from COVID-19
Another 77 cases of COVID-19 and one additional death were reported in Alberta on Tuesday, as the federal government announced it’s providing additional funding to support schools as kids head back in September.
Feds to give provinces $2B to bolster safe reopening of schools this fall
OTTAWA — The federal government is giving $2 billion more to provinces and territories to help them ensure kids can safely go back to school next month.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to make the announcement Wednesday at a school in Toronto.
The money is on top of the $19 billion Trudeau has already promised provinces and territories to help them cope with the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their economies and health care systems.
He informed premiers of his plan during a conference call Tuesday afternoon.
Sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details before the announcement, confirmed some details to The Canadian Press.
The funding is to be allocated based on each province and territory’s number of students.
Education is a provincial jurisdiction and the sources said Trudeau will fully respect that. Provinces and territories will be able to spend the money as they see fit to bolster their efforts to ensure schools can reopen this fall as safely as possible.
Schools have been shut down across the country since COVID-19 started sweeping across the country in mid-March.
— The Canadian Press
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