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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.


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Alberta had hundreds of ‘excess’ deaths as COVID-19 struck province: Stats Canada

 Peter Lougheed Centre hospital staff wait to screen essential visitors who are the only visitors permitted in Alberta hospitals as part of COVID-19 precautions on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

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.

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Nearly half of Brazilians say Bolsonaro not to blame for coronavirus death toll, poll says

 Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro reacts during a demonstration in favor of his government amidst the coronavirus pandemic in front of Planalto Palace on May 24, 2020 in Brasilia, Brazil. Brazil has over 352,000 confirmed positive cases of Coronavirus and 22,291 deaths.

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.

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France plans masks at work as daily COVID-19 cases surpass 3,000

 A medical staff member prepares to collect a sample from a man and his daughter at a COVID-19 testing centre set up in the European Parliament on May 12, 2020, in Strasbourg, eastern France.

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.

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Ireland says fresh COVID-19 spike ‘deeply concerning’

 Ireland’s Prime Minister Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks during a news conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Government Buildings in Dublin, Ireland March 24, 2020

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.

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COVID-19 outbreak declared at new Cargill plant as Alberta reports 84 new cases province-wide

 A sign at the Cargill meat-packing plant where there was an outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in High River, Alberta.

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.

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Banff council extends pedestrianization project and mask bylaw

 The Town of Banff voted Friday, Aug. 14 to extend the pedestrianization of Banff Avenue.

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.

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COVID-19 infecting marriages, driving up divorce numbers, say family mediators

 Law firms are reporting an uptick in request for divorce advice in the wake of the pandemic.

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.

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Fledglings Educare Centre, Cargill Case Ready Meats added to list of outbreaks


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84 new cases, one additional death


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Calgary school boards say masks mandatory for all students

 School buses stored at the First Student Canada lot on 6th Street N.E. are shown on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

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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