What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Monday, August 10


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What you need to know today in Alberta:

Face masks have been mandatory in all indoor spaces in Edmonton since August 1, but a program offered by the City of Edmonton this past weekend includes exemptions for those who cannot wear a mask due to physical issues or health.

Edmontonians can go to any recreation center in town and get an orange card that says “I cannot wear a mask or face mask” in bold white letters. The card allows them to walk around malls, grocery stores and other indoor spaces without a mask.

While most students in Alberta will return to school in person this fall, some First Nations in southern Alberta will adopt a separate scenario because schools on reserve are federally regulated, according to Alberta Education.

At Stoney Nakoda First Nation, students will return to school under what is called Scenario 2 – Partial Resumption of School Class with a Little Distance Learning.

The Kainai Nation – located in southern Alberta, with a population of 12,800 in 2015 – says it’s too risky to send kids back to school full-time and has created its own hybrid scenario. Students will be split into two cohorts, one of which will attend school all day on Mondays and Wednesdays while the other will attend Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Tsuut’ina Nation said in a statement at the end of July that it would not be pursuing Scenario 1, but is reviewing Scenario 2.

Last week, the Government of Alberta announced that masks would be mandatory for all school staff and most students in Alberta when they return to school in September.

Students in Grades 4 to 12 will be required to wear masks in all public spaces and may choose to wear them when seated in the classroom. Masks will be optional for young students.

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange said in an emailed statement on Saturday that “some have recently questioned the ability” of the provincial government to purchase the necessary number of masks on time, adding that the government has contacted “experienced and established sellers” to ensure that masks arrive before class resumes.

Alberta has placed two orders for 1.7 million masks, worth a total of $ 4.2 million, with Old Navy and IFR Workwear.

We have curated a list of cities in the province, outlining their corresponding mask policies. We will try to update it regularly.

Here is a regional breakdown of active cases in the province as of August 7:

  • Calgary area: 368 cases.
  • Zone d’Edmonton: 329 cases.
  • Central areas: 224 cases.
  • North zone: 111 cases.
  • South zone: 90 cases.
  • Unknown: 3 cases.

What you need to know today in Canada:

At 10 a.m. ET on Monday, Canada had 119,451 confirmed and suspected cases of the coronavirus.

Provinces and territories have listed 103,715 of them as recovered or resolved.

A CBC News death tally based on provincial reports, regional health news and CBC reporting stood at 9,012.

Public health officials are not doing enough to reach people in different provinces who may have been exposed to COVID-19 on flights, often stopping contact tracing at their own borders, an epidemiologist warns.

Part of the problem seems to be that each province or territory is responsible for tracking cases within its borders, but the flights often span multiple jurisdictions. It appears the federal government is not looking for cross-border cases.

The Canadian economy created 419,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate fell to 10.9%, according to Statistics Canada.

However, he reported that this still left the Canadian economy with 1.3 million fewer jobs than in February, before widespread lockdowns began to limit the spread of COVID-19.

National house price figures from the Canadian Real Estate Association are released next Monday, and even though rental properties face a glut, home sales and prices in Vancouver and Toronto are both up. sharp rise.

In Toronto, real estate board figures show prices for single-family homes in July increased by more than 25% year over year – increases similar to the biggest boom years, from 2010 to spring 2017, in what many then described as a growing real estate bubble.

Thirty-five people tested positive for COVID-19 in Manitoba on Sunday, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to 182 – the highest since the start of the pandemic.

The Ontario government has allowed Windsor-Essex – the last region in Ontario that was still in Stage 2 – to proceed to Stage 3 of the reopening effective Wednesday.

Ontario reported its sixth consecutive day of fewer than 100 new COVID-19 cases last week, with 70 new cases reported on Saturday and one new death.

The province has recorded nearly 40,000 cases of the virus and 2,784 deaths. Hospitalizations and ICU admissions also continue to decline in the province.

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 addictions helpline at 1-866-332-2322, both available 24 hours a day.

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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