Province reports another 77 cases, one death from COVID-19

People spend late summer morning in Tom Campbell's Hill Natural Park with the view of downtown Calgary in the background on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.

Another 77 cases of COVID-19 and one additional death were reported in Alberta on Tuesday, as the federal government announced it’s providing additional funding to support schools as kids head back in September.

The

federal government is giving $2 billion more to provinces and territories

to help them ensure kids can safely go back to school next month.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to make the announcement Wednesday at a school in Toronto.

The money is on top of the $19 billion Trudeau has already promised provinces and territories to help them cope with the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their economies and health care systems.

The funding is to be allocated based on each province and territory’s number of students.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, has been encouraging teachers and school staff to get tested for the novel coronavirus ahead of the school year, and the high number of tests over the last week shows that many are.

Alberta Health Services completed another 8,440 tests in the past 24 hours. In total, they’ve completed 903,052 tests on 723,302 people.

There are 1,134 active cases in the province, including 340 in the Calgary zone; 608 in the Edmonton zone; 134 in the North zone; 27 in the Central zone; 20 in the South zone; and five in unknown locations.

During

Monday’s press conference

, Hinshaw said even though rural communities may not have as many cases as the province’s two major cities, some rural communities have high case rates compared to their population.

“I say this to make the point that it’s not limited to any one region in the province,” said Hinshaw.

“I encourage all Albertans to be respectful of smaller communities (when travelling out of the city) and take precautions to prevent potential exposure to COVID-19 or spreading it if we have been unknowingly exposed.”

The outbreaks in the Calgary zone include Peter Lougheed Centre, Carewest Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre, Carewest Sarcee, Generations Calgary, Cargill Case Ready, Fledglings Educare Centre, Lilydale chicken processing plant and three separate private gatherings.

Hinshaw said the Peter Lougheed Centre had five active cases and Lilydale had increased to 11 cases and two recoveries.

Alberta has now confirmed 13,083 total cases, with 11,714 recoveries and 235 deaths. There are 46 currently hospitalizations, including seven intensive-care admissions.

The single death reported Tuesday was a man in his 80s in the Edmonton zone. He was not connected to a continuing care facility.

The next live update from Hinshaw will be on Thursday.

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With files from The Canadian Press

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