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
- A new survey suggests the majority of Canadian parents plan to send their kids back to school but most would want classes cancelled if there is a new COVID-19 outbreak in their community.
- Alberta reported 359 new cases over the weekend (177 on Friday, 86 on Saturday, 96 on Sunday) and three additional deaths. There are 1,132 active cases in the province.
- One-in-five Canadians are making little to no effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, and Alberta is home to a higher percentage of the country’s “cynical spreaders,” according to a national poll.
- An exposure alert for parts of B.C. has been issued after an Alberta prayer and worship event lead to 17 cases of COVID-19 in the Fort St. John area.
- A lawyer representing a group of Quebec parents says he’s moving forward with a legal challenge aimed at forcing the province to offer remote learning for families who don’t want their children returning to classrooms this fall.
- Starting today, Calgary Transit is lifting its COVID-19 related seating restrictions, returning to full seated capacity on buses and CTrains.
- Sixty-seven days after it was supposed to kick off, the Canadian Football League season has been cancelled.
- Alberta is running a pilot on “pool testing” in order to expand testing capacity for COVID-19.
- Stats Canada is reporting hundreds more deaths than usual since the start of the pandemic, and more than can be attributed to coronavirus.
- 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.
Many parents nervous about return of school, plan to send kids anyway: survey
With only weeks until classes resume, a new survey suggests the majority of Canadian parents plan to send their kids back to school but most would want classes cancelled if there is a new COVID-19 outbreak in their community.
The survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies is the latest to take parents’ temperature as provinces prepare to reopen schools after sending children home this spring when the pandemic arrived.
The results suggest many parents are torn, with 66 per cent of respondents with children admitting they were worried about children returning to school but 63 per cent saying they planned to send their kids anyway.
Corbella: The stats show kids should return to school — without worry
Herald columnist Licia Corbella writes:
As the start of school fast approaches, the
— who normally look forward to their kids getting back into a school routine — are spiking.
But nothing worth doing in life is without risk. It’s a matter of weighing and balancing those risks. The simple arithmetic indicates that most Canadian kids should return to school come September.
Substitute teachers in Alberta say they don’t want to risk extra COVID-19 exposure
Some substitute teachers say they won’t risk exposing themselves to COVID-19 amid continuing calls for more funding to make Alberta’s school re-entry plan work.
Tara Noseworthy, a teacher in the Cold Lake area who put her name forward as a substitute when she couldn’t secure a full-time position, said she is “immensely worried” about entering a classroom in which a teacher has called in sick.
CFL season killed by COVID-19 is ‘disheartening’ for Stamps boss
Calgary Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel isn’t trying to hide it. There’s nothing good about Monday’s announcement that the 2020 CFL season has been cancelled.
“It’s something where we have to say, ‘OK, 2020 is over, we’ve gotta move on and make it the best that we can.’ ”
It is entirely unclear what the CFL will look like if and when it returns in 2021, although there is no reason for anyone to worry about the Stampeders. They’re in OK shape financially, and they’ll be back when the league is back.
Higher percentage of ‘cynical spreaders’ of novel coronavirus in Alberta, survey shows
One-in-five Canadians are making little to no effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, and Alberta is home to a higher percentage of the country’s “cynical spreaders,” according to a national poll.
Results from an Angus Reid Institute survey show there are three camps of people in regards to COVID-19 compliance: the “infection fighters” who follow virus suppression behaviours carefully, the “inconsistent” who take a more half-in, half-out approach to flattening the curve, and the “cynical spreaders” who have expanded their social circles, don’t physically distance and are ambivalent towards handwashing and mask-wearing.
359 new cases, three additional deaths
AHS has completed 829,622 tests on 672,138 people.
The newly reported 359 cases are from 10,886 tests on Aug. 14, 8,663 tests on Aug. 15, and 8,691 tests on Aug. 16.
— Stephanie Babych (@BabychStephanie) August 17, 2020
As of today, 11,056 people have recovered from COVID-19. There are currently 45 people in the hospital, including 10 requiring intensive care.
— Stephanie Babych (@BabychStephanie) August 17, 2020
Dr. Hinshaw has posted about today’s update to provide further clarity about today’s numbers.
“Today’s numbers include 74 cases from before Aug.14 that were reconciled in the database on this day.”https://t.co/CxLbYvT2l5
— Stephanie Babych (@BabychStephanie) August 18, 2020
Rural Alberta worship event leads to outbreak of 17 cases in northern B.C.
An exposure alert for parts of B.C. has been issued after an Alberta prayer and worship event lead to 17 cases of COVID-19 in the Fort St. John area.
In an alert posted Monday, Northern Health said 12 people who attended the
between July 20 and Aug. 2 in Deadwood, Alta., were infected with the virus. Five others were infected following exposure to the initial dozen.
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