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 258 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend (83 on Friday, 106 on Saturday and 69 on Sunday) and four additional deaths. There are 1,172 active cases in the province.
- 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.
Calgary Transit expands fall schedule to accommodate more users
Calgary Transit is expanding its schedule to prepare for higher levels of ridership as the school year kicks off and more businesses welcome staff back to their offices.
After seeing a significant drop in ridership in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Calgary Transit reduced service for CTrain and bus users because they couldn’t afford to maintain the same routes and schedules. Calgary Transit is reintroducing some of the services offered before May, starting on Aug. 31, to lessen the load per bus or CTrain car as ridership is expected to increase.
Crime rates down dramatically during pandemic but domestic violence a concern: police
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.
Police say the effects of physical distancing regulations and lockdowns have been a major factor in falling crime numbers, with nearly 50 per cent fewer robberies and a 25 per cent drop in violent offences in the second quarter of 2020 compared with the same time last year.
258 new cases over weekend, four additional deaths
Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 83 new cases on 10,175 tests on Friday; 106 new cases on 10,098 tests on Saturday; 69 new cases on 8,489 tests on Sunday
- Four deaths over weekend: a woman in her 80s and a woman in her 100s both from the Good Samaritan care centre in Edmonton; man in his 70s in Alberta Health Services’ North zone and a woman in her 70s in the South zone
- 1,172 active cases province-wide
- 45 in hospital; 9 in ICUs
- 11,600 recoveries
- Hinshaw said there are a rise in cases linked to gatherings including weddings, funerals, prayer meetings, family gatherings, informal gatherings of friends, backyard parties, community groups. “Keep gatherings small and meet outside rather than inside whenever possible,” Hinshaw said.
Hinshaw says that, while children are less likely to have severe outcomes, they can pass the virus on to older family members who are more susceptible to severe outcomes.
She suggests limiting grandparent visits to online-only when school starts.
— Stephanie Babych (@BabychStephanie) August 24, 2020
You can watch the full update below.
Outbreaks at Lilydale, Peter Lougheed Centre
Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided case number updates for COVID-19 outbreaks around the province on Monday.
- Peter Lougheed Centre has five active cases;
- Lilydale Chicken Plant in Calgary has 11 cases and two recovered
- Cargill Case Ready plant has no active cases
Outside of Calgary:
- Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton has two active cases
- Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre has three active cases and 80 recovered cases, 31 people have died there
- Deadwood religious gathering linked to seven active, 10 recovered cases in Alberta
- Bible Pentecostal Church in Edmonton has 75 active cases, two recovered
- three cases in Healthlink staff members
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