COVID-19 Update: PPE being shipped to Alberta schools today | 108 new cases, two additional deaths

Pictured is a washroom Henry Wise Wood High School where a number of signs have been placed in order to implement physical distancing and every other stall and sink are put out of use on Friday, August 28, 2020. Azin Ghaffari/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.


What’s happening now


Province says PPE for schools will be delivered today

 Pictured is a sign reminding students and staff to keep their masks on in Henry Wise Wood High School on Friday, August 28, 2020.

The Alberta government says personal protective equipment (PPE) for students and teachers is being delivered to all schools today.

In a joint statement from Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard and Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, the province said every student, teacher and staff member will receive two reusable masks, every teacher and staff member will receive one face shield and every school will receive two contactless thermometers.

The province is also shipping out 466,000 litres of hand sanitizer.

Most provincial public schools will open next week, before the Labour Day long weekend.


Health care workers prepare for possible ‘twindemic’ this fall  of COVID-19 and flu

 Studies suggest a dual or co-infection — flu, plus COVID-19 — is rare, but a risk.

The body’s blood vessels are lined with tiny, super-soft “hairs” that wave around like tentacles in the blood. They normally keep platelets, the cells that form clots to stop bleeding, from sticking inside the vessels, because when one platelet sticks, more stick, until a potentially lethal blood clot forms.

“Why are critically sick COVID-19 patients clotting?” has been one of the biggest mysteries confronting doctors. This week, a London, Ont. team 

offered a potential answer:

 In response to COVID-19, the body’s immune system churns out enzymes that shear off these little sugar-coated hairs. The blood vessels become inflamed and exposed, allowing platelets to glob on, causing micro clots in the lungs and throughout the body.

In addition to the clotting mystery, Dr. Douglas Fraser and his co-authors 

identified six molecules

 that appear to predict which people with severe COVID are at the highest risk of death. It could mean knowing when to intervene earlier and more aggressively in people destined to have a very bad outcome, says Fraser.

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Quebec reduces isolation period for confirmed COVID-19 cases from 14 days to 10

 A woman wears a face mask as sits outside a clothing store in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020.

Quebec is reducing the mandatory isolation period required for people infected with COVID-19 from 14 days to 10.

The change was made in response to evolving science regarding the transmission and the duration of contagiousness of the novel coronavirus, the Health Department said Friday in a news release.

From now on, people can end their isolation period 10 days after their first symptoms appear, or 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19 if they don’t show symptoms.

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Thursday

No solution yet for Edmonton’s mask exemption card program, two weeks after distribution halted

 A City of Edmonton mask exemption card.

The City of Edmonton is scrambling to find a path forward for mask exemption cards, two weeks after distribution was abruptly halted due to significant abuse of the program.

Interim city manager Adam Laughlin told city councillors during a COVID-19 update Thursday afternoon that the program may be dissolved if a solution can’t be found.

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Thursday

Hinshaw aims to calm nerves ahead of school re-entry; 108 new COVID-19 cases reported

 Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

In less than a week, most Alberta grade schools will reopen their doors for students, but Alberta’s top doctor understands COVID-19 looms large over the return to the classroom.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw tried to assuage anxieties from parents and teachers about the return at her twice-weekly update on the novel coronavirus, reiterating that protocols in place should be able to stamp out virus spread in most situations.

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Thursday

108 new cases, two additional deaths

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided an update on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 108 new cases on 10,089 tests
  • Two new deaths; 237 Albertans have died from the virus
  • 49 in hospital; 7 in ICUs
  • 1,158 active cases province-wide; 375 in Calgary zone

You can watch the full update below.

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