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
- Stats Canada is reporting hundreds more deaths than usual since the start of the pandemic, and more than can be attributed to coronavirus.
- Alberta reported 84 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death on Friday. There are 1,036 active cases in the province.
- Two new locations in Calgary were added to Alberta Health’s outbreak list: the Fledglings Educare Centre and Cargill Case Ready.
- The Town of Banff expanded its mandatory mask bylaw to include parts of Wolf Street and Bear Street.
- The Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Catholic School District are introducing mask policies to include all students, including grades K-3.
- The U.S. border closure has been extended to Sept. 21.
- AHS will reinstate parking fees for staff and the general public at the end of August.
- The Calgary International Beer Festival has been postponed until 2021.
- Two Calgary buffets were warned by AHS about not letting multiple customers touch serving utensils.
- A new report from the Angus Reid Institute shows half of Albertans are satisfied with the current level of restrictions.
- Calgary Transit will end seating restrictions on Aug. 17.
- The province reported Wednesday 121 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death. There are 1,044 active cases in Alberta.
- There are two cases at the BrightPath Richmond Childcare Centre, Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported on Monday.
Alberta had hundreds of ‘excess’ deaths as COVID-19 struck province: Stats Canada
Alberta’s death toll from COVID-19 through the first three months of the pandemic may be higher than previously thought.
From the end of February to the end of May 2020, there were 639 more deaths in the province than the highest number recorded in Alberta in the past five years, according to new data from Statistics Canada.
However, provincial public health authorities only reported 146 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the same timespan, about a quarter of the entire excess mortalities.
Nearly half of Brazilians say Bolsonaro not to blame for coronavirus death toll, poll says
Almost half of Brazilians think President Jair Bolsonaro bears “no responsibility at all” for the country’s more than 100,000 dead from the coronavirus pandemic, the world’s second highest death toll, according to a new Datafolha poll.
The poll was published on Saturday in Brazil’s Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper and says 47% of Brazilians do not assign him any blame for the body count, whereas 11% do.
France plans masks at work as daily COVID-19 cases surpass 3,000
France is to propose that masks be worn in shared workspaces as the country grapples with a rebound in coronavirus cases that rose again in the past 24 hours to over 3,000.
The health ministry reported 3,310 new coronavirus infections, marking a post-lockdown high for the fourth day in a row.
The number of clusters being investigated increased by 17 to 252, it said in a website update.
Ireland says fresh COVID-19 spike ‘deeply concerning’
reland reported 200 new COVID-19 cases arising from multiple clusters across the country on Saturday, the highest daily amount since the beginning of May that the country’s chief medical officer described as “deeply concerning.”
Ireland has reopened its economy at a slower pace than most European Union countries but that did not stop a rise in cases over the last two weeks that led to the first localized reimposition of some restrictions last week.
COVID-19 outbreak declared at new Cargill plant as Alberta reports 84 new cases province-wide
Alberta Health reported a new COVID-19 outbreak at a Cargill meat-processing plant in Calgary Friday, the company’s second Alberta outbreak after more than 1,500 cases of the novel coronavirus and three deaths were linked to Cargill’s High River plant.
There are five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the newly reported outbreak at Cargill Case Ready, a meat-processing plant in northeast Calgary that takes meat product from the High River plant and packages it for sale in grocery stores.
Banff council extends pedestrianization project and mask bylaw
At a special council meeting Friday afternoon, Banff town council voted to extend the Banff Avenue pedestrianization project to Sept. 14, three days later than the original end date.
Council also voted to extend the mandatory mask bylaw to the Banff Avenue-adjacent sidewalks of Bear Street.
COVID-19 infecting marriages, driving up divorce numbers, say family mediators
COVID-19 is proving a love bug with a nasty bite, say those who oversee couples seeking divorces in Calgary.
Since the global pandemic kicked in last March, family lawyers and divorce facilitators say crumbling marriages have become more commonplace.
Fledglings Educare Centre, Cargill Case Ready Meats added to list of outbreaks
There are 5 cases linked to Cargill Case Ready Meats in #YYC. Widespread testing is underway. AHS and OHS have visited the plant and are making sure necessary measures are in place to reduce transmission and protect workers. (3/4)
— Dr. Deena Hinshaw (@CMOH_Alberta) August 14, 2020
84 new cases, one additional death
— Jason Herring (@jasonfherring) August 14, 2020
Calgary school boards say masks mandatory for all students
Calgary’s public and Catholic school districts are requiring K-12 students to wear masks when returning to school this September, expanding upon provincial guidance that mandates only Grades 4-12.
The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) made the announcement Friday after hearing concerns from parents about the ability for students to practice physical distancing, said Christopher Usih, CBE chief superintendent of schools.
Similarly, the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) has made the decision to mandate mask usage in all grades.
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