Cochrane to make masks mandatory if the epidemic worsens; 133 new COVID-19 cases

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The decision is similar to the one made in Airdrie on Tuesday, when that city’s council decided to implement a mask regulation if the number of active cases reaches 35.

Also on Wednesday, Edmonton City Council passed a by-law requiring the use of a mask in all interior spaces that may be subject to public assessment beginning August 1, the same day the mask mandate of Calgary will come into effect.

Beginning Saturday, residents of Alberta’s two largest cities will be required to wear masks in indoor public spaces and public vehicles, such as transit and taxis.

In Calgary, the fine for not wearing a mask when required is $ 50, while non-compliance in Edmonton is punishable by a fine of $ 100.

Alberta COVID-19 cases rebound as Calgary restaurants report cases

Alberta reported 133 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, bringing the province’s total to 10,603.

The new cases came from nearly 9,000 tests, a positive rate of 1.5%. This is the highest total recorded in Alberta since July 22, when the province recorded 138 new cases.

Also on Wednesday, Alberta reported three new deaths from COVID-19, all at the same long-term care facility in Edmonton. Three other residents of the city’s Good Samaritan Southgate care center – all women, two in their 70s and one in her 90s – have died from the coronavirus, bringing the health site’s toll to 18, according to the facility.

The new deaths put the center on par with Calgary’s Intercare Brentwood Care Center as the second deadliest COVID-19 outbreak in Alberta. The province’s deadliest epidemic occurred at McKenzie Towne Continuing Care Center in southeast Calgary, where 21 residents have died.

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