Alberta Reports 2 More COVID-19 Deaths Thursday
The two deaths brought the total number of people who lost their lives in Alberta as a result of the novel coronavirus is 237. One hundred and 18 deaths in the Calgary area, 60 in the Edmonton area, 28 in the North area, 24 in the southern zone and seven in the central zone.
Coronavirus: 127 new cases in Alberta on Wednesday, no additional deaths
There have been 108 new cases in Alberta in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 1,158. Five hundred and 89 of these cases are in the Edmonton area, 375 in the Calgary area. , 148 in the north zone, 25 in the central zone, 18 in the south zone and three unknowns.
Forty-nine people across Alberta are hospitalized with the virus, including seven in intensive care.
Hinshaw said Bright Horizons daycare in Edmonton has had six cases of the novel coronavirus in recent weeks. There have been a total of 16 cases of COVID-19 identified in daycares in Alberta and two cases where there have been more than two cases of the virus, Hinshaw said, which she said was “heartwarming.”
“What we can conclude – at least so far – is when our public health guidelines are followed, when outbreaks are quickly identified and measures are put in place, we can stop the spread very quickly.
“The return to school learning is complex”: Hinshaw
Hinshaw reminded students, teachers and all school staff that anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 cannot attend school. Parents are encouraged to take a COVID questionnaire every morning to determine if their child can go to school.
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Hinshaw also said students or staff who develop symptoms at school should be immediately isolated and sent home as soon as possible. If there is a confirmed case at a school, not only does the individual have to return home and quarantine for two weeks, the same goes for anyone who was in close contact with them.
“If my child is in a classroom where there has been a single confirmed case and my child was in close contact with that case, they must stay home for 14 days. While they are at home, they should be watched for symptoms and they should not be in close contact with other family members during these 14 days. “
Hinshaw said if a younger child is to stay at home for 14 days, a parent or guardian should be responsible for taking care of that child during that time.
“That way, if contact becomes the case, there will be less chance that they have passed the infection on to others,” she says.
“I think this is the right first step”: Hinshaw on Alberta’s back-to-school plan
Hinshaw said close contact is defined as being within two meters of a person for a total of 15 minutes or more during a day without adequate protection from COVID-19, as well as sharing food, cuddling or kisses.
“Alberta Health Services investigators will determine who spent more than 15 minutes within two meters of the infectious case, and they will provide advice and recommendations based on that assessment,” Hinshaw said.
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Hinshaw said a school outbreak will be defined as two or more cases in a 14-day period or two or more cases related to a school setting. Parents, staff and teachers will be notified in the event of an outbreak or if there is a single case in their school.
“If necessary, Alberta Education will make decisions on other education delivery plans or school closures with the involvement of local authorities,” said Hinshaw.
Hinshaw answers questions about Alberta’s back-to-school plan
Hinshaw said the province does not predetermine the triggers for school closings due to the virus. Instead, factors such as truancy, school outbreaks, and community transmission rate will be taken into account.
“We will be closely monitoring the implementation of school learning in Alberta to detect any early signs of concerns that will inform the ongoing evaluation of our public health advice and school reintegration plan.” She said.
“I know this could create concerns among teachers and parents who might prefer just one number to watch. I assure you that the AHS, Alberta Health and Alberta Education teams will be monitoring the situation in schools very closely.
There have been 13,318 new cases of coronavirus in Alberta since the start of the pandemic, of which 11,923 cases have recovered.
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