What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Friday, July 24


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  • A downtown Calgary bike club is now linked to 42 cases of COVID-19, the province confirmed Thursday.
  • Alberta reported two more deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday and 666 active cases of the disease.
  • The two new deaths were a woman in her 60s, linked to the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Center, and a man in his 60s from the South Zone.
  • That brings the total number of active cases in the province to 1,293, an increase of more than 500 cases since July 14.
  • As of Thursday, 106 people were being treated for the disease in Alberta hospitals, including 21 in intensive care beds.
  • Some students and teachers say they are worried about being able to maintain a safe distance when schools in Alberta reopen.
  • Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says masks in schools are still under review.
  • The city of Calgary will make masks mandatory in all indoor public spaces starting August 1 and the city may discuss extending this mask regulation to schools.
  • Alberta Health has declared 16 areas of the province under “surveillance” for COVID-19, which means a rate of more than 50 cases per 100,000 population.

What you need to know today in Alberta:

Edmonton will require people to wear masks on public transportation and in city-owned and operated facilities starting August 1.

The sharp increase in active COVID-19 cases over the past week should be seen as a ‘wake-up call’ by all Albertans, Dr Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said Thursday in a statement. new conference.

The Alberta government announced on Tuesday that students will resume face-to-face classes in September. Calls have been made to expand the mandatory wearing of masks, and teachers, parents and students have expressed concerns about social distancing.

The Alberta NDP on Thursday unveiled what it calls an alternative to the government’s school stimulus plan, which the opposition party says is not funded enough to keep students and staff safe .

While Calgary’s numbers have climbed the fastest in Alberta, even rural areas are seeing an increase. The central area, which has not seen a high number of cases so far, now has 33 people hospitalized, including seven in intensive care units.

Despite a “worrying” increase in new cases of COVID-19, Alberta will ease restrictions next week on visits to continuing care and nursing homes, according to the province’s top doctor.

COVID-19 and bad weather overseas have put a damper on this year’s mango season. With fewer cargo flights due to the pandemic, local vendors have struggled to bring mango varieties for those eagerly awaiting the short fruit season.

Thursday afternoon, here is the distribution of active cases across the province:

  • Calgary area: 666.
  • Zone d’Edmonton: 232.
  • South zone: 134.
  • Central areas: 161.
  • North zone: 92.
  • Unknown: 8.

A teacher gives a lesson to elementary school children in eastern France, where classes reopened last month. (Frederick Florin / AFP / Getty Images)

Four downtown Edmonton hotels inside the NHL’s central city bubble will be busy with guests for months – a welcome economic boost after being stuck in the COVID doldrums. But the activity of hotels outside this bubble could remain slow.

The NHL teams are expected to arrive in the city on Sunday.

Hundreds of NHL players, media and employees are expected to come to the city as it hosts the Western Conference playoffs and the Stanley Cup final.

What you need to know today in Canada:

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians could benefit from tax relief for working from home during the pandemic. Tax experts are calling on the government to clarify the rules for the “home workspace” deduction.

You can request this if you work from home more than 50% of the time or if you have a separate home office and use it to meet with clients.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and provinces ease their lockdown restrictions, travel is opening up – slowly.

To help you navigate the different rules, the Roundtable on Travel and Tourism in Canada – a new pressure group on travel and tourism – created an interactive map to help Canadian travelers.

The federal government’s opinion against all non-essential international travel during the pandemic remains in effect until further notice – even if other countries begin to open their borders.

At 7:30 a.m. (ET) as of Friday, Canada has recorded 112,671 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The provinces and territories have listed 98,519 of them as recovered or resolved and a total of 5,244 are still active. A CBC News tally based on provincial reports, regional health news and CBC reporting shows 8,908 Canadians have died.

Self-assessment and support:

Alberta Health Services has an online self-assessment tool that you can use to determine if you have symptoms of COVID-19, but testing is open to anyone, even without symptoms.

The province says Albertans who have returned to Canada from other countries must isolate themselves. Unless your situation is critical and requires a call to 911, Albertans are advised to call Health Link at 811 before visiting a doctor, hospital or other health care facility.

If you have symptoms, even mild ones, you should self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms, until the symptoms are gone.

You can find The latest coronavirus updates from Alberta Health Services here.

The province also operates a confidential mental health support line at 1-877-303-2642 and an addiction helpline at 1-866-332-2322, available 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Online Resources are available for advice on dealing with stressful situations and how to talk with children.

There is a 24-hour domestic violence information line at 310-1818 for anonymous help in over 170 languages, and Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence is available at 1-866- 403-8000, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


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