COVID-19 Update: Crime rates down during pandemic, but domestic violence worse, police say | Outbreaks at Lilydale, Peter Lougheed Centre

Sprung Structures, Falkbuilt and CANA Construction work on a 8,000 square foot structure for extra COVID-19 beds being built next to the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary on Friday, April 10, 2020.  Gavin Young/Postmedia

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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Calgary Transit expands fall schedule to accommodate more users

 Passengers on a Calgary CTrain on July 22, 2020.

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.

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Crime rates down dramatically during pandemic but domestic violence a concern: police

 Calgary Police Sgt. Artiga checks a door of a business on Stephen Avenue to make sure it’s secure on Thursday, April 2, 2020 as part of their regular downtown patrol. Police in Calgary were on the watch for criminals breaking into shops that were closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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.

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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.

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.

In Calgary:

  • 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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