Hinshaw aims to calm nerves before school starts

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The CBE shed more light on Thursday on situations in which masks would be needed, saying that for K-3 students, masks can be removed when students are part of their class cohorts. Students in Grades 4 to 12 will not be required to wear masks when seated with their cohorts, provided that physical distance can be maintained.

In addition, there will be breaks for mask use during the day for students and teachers.

“Wearing masks is new to all of us,” the CBE said. “As we would with any other learning, we will assess each student’s level of understanding and provide them with instruction, guidance, coaching and encouragement at an age appropriate level to ensure their safety and that of his school community.

Also on Thursday, Alberta reported 108 new cases of the coronavirus from more than 10,000 tests, a positive rate of about 1.1%. There are 1,158 active cases in Alberta, a decrease from Wednesday, with 13,318 total confirmed cases in the province.

Two more Albertans died from COVID-19, bringing the death toll in the province to 237.

There are now 49 Albertans in hospital with the coronavirus, seven of whom are being treated in intensive care units.

Elsewhere on Thursday, Hinshaw addressed the province’s special public health law review committee and answered questions from MPs.

During the meeting, she said other provinces are showing what would have happened if Alberta hadn’t flattened the curve.

She said the provincial modeling done in April that showed a “high” scenario in which up to 6,600 Albertans would have died from COVID-19 is essentially what happened in Ontario. The “extreme” scenario that predicted 16,000 to 32,000 deaths in Alberta is closer to what happened in Quebec, Hinshaw said.

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