Airdrie and Okotoks relinquish mask mandates; 80 new cases of COVID-19 announced

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There have been discussions about the possibility of the city stepping in to impose masks on schools within the city limits, but Nenshi said he would prefer to leave that to the province for now. The city also asked for advice on whether schools will be regulated under the new bylaw they have created.

Eighty new cases mark lowest one-day jump in more than two weeks

Alberta reported 80 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the province’s lowest one-day total since July 12.

The below-average number of cases came from 7,900 tests, a positive rate of 1% – the lowest rate in the province since July 10.

For much of the past two weeks, Alberta has seen triple-digit one-day cases, the largest peak since late April.

Also on Tuesday, Alberta reported two new deaths from COVID-19, both in Edmonton. One was a man in his 60s at Misericordia hospital, where 10 have now died from an outbreak that has seen 58 positive cases, including in patients, staff and community members. There have been no new cases in Misericordia since July 17. The second death was a man in his 80s who resided at the Good Samaritan Society Southgate Center.

However, the death toll in Alberta only increased by one, to 187, as a previously reported death was determined postmortem to be unrelated to COVID-19.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Alberta was 1,397, up from 1,430 on Monday, with more than half in Calgary’s AHS area. In addition, 8,886 people have now recovered from the virus. A total of 10,470 Albertans have now tested positive.

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