What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Monday, October 5

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  • An outbreak has been declared at the Calgary remand center with five confirmed cases of COVID-19.
  • The COVID-19 infection figures for Saturday and Sunday will be released today.
  • A sixth patient has died and a new unit has an outbreak at Calgary Foothills Hospital. There are 36 cases of patients linked to the outbreaks and 31 health workers have tested positive.
  • Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, 200 Albertans have been infected with COVID-19 in hospital outbreaks, resulting in 17 deaths.
  • Another 122 people in Alberta tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of active cases to 1,558, down 38 from Thursday’s previous update.
  • Across the province, 49 schools have reported outbreaks of two to four cases. Seven more schools are on the watch list, which means they have five or more cases.
  • Calgary’s Mount Royal University announced Friday that it will continue to offer most online courses during the winter 2021 semester.

What you need to know today in Alberta:

There is now an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Calgary remand center, with five cases confirmed to date. Two cases had already been confirmed at the correctional facility in May.

A sixth patient at Foothills Medical Center has died of COVID-19 infection as seven units have now reported outbreaks, according to the latest update from Alberta Health Services.

On Thursday, 290 health workers were self-isolating. AHS said this number will be updated twice a week.

An outbreak has also been declared in a unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. According to Alberta Health Services, the outbreak involves three healthcare workers. Patients at risk on the unit have been tested and no positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified among the patients. AHS did not identify which health unit was affected.

As of Friday, there were 1,558 active COVID-19 cases in Alberta. Of the 64 people hospitalized, 15 are in intensive care.

Here is the regional breakdown of active cases reported on Friday:

  • Zone d’Edmonton: 835 cases, down 16 from Thursday’s update.
  • Calgary area: 568 cases, down from 19.
  • North zone: 104 cases, up to 2.
  • South zone: 31 cases, down from 1.
  • Central areas: 19 cases, unchanged.
  • Unknown: 1 case, down 4.

Ottawa has signed agreements with Alberta, Ontario and Quebec to provide federal bureaucrats with the means to assist these provinces in their contact tracing – the process of connecting with people who may have been in close contact with a positive case of the novel coronavirus.

Parents of students attending Catholic schools in Edmonton are told they can only choose one learning option for the rest of the current school year – online or in person.

An earlier plan gave families four opportunities a year to choose their preferred learning option. But the Edmonton Catholic School Division faces pressure on resources, including teacher availability, and must adjust its plans, she said in a press release Monday.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health has said the province will not cancel Halloween due to COVID-19 fears.

The province has posted a series of guidelines on its website on how artisans and candy can safely enjoy the night.

An overview of active cases by neighborhood in Calgary as of October 2. (CBC)

Find out which neighborhoods or communities have the most cases, how badly people of different ages have been affected, the ages of those hospitalized, how Alberta compares to other provinces and more: Here are the latest COVID-19 statistics for Alberta – and what they mean

What you need to know today in Canada:

As of 8:15 a.m. ET on Monday, Canada had 166,156 confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus. Provinces and territories have listed 140,243 of them as recovered or resolved. A CBC News death tally based on provincial reports, regional health news and CBC news reports stood at 9,481.

Starting today, people can apply to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for a new sick leave benefit and a new caregiver benefit for people who are forced to take time off work. care for a dependent due to the pandemic.

The benefits come after the law creating them was rushed by the House of Commons last week. Bill C-4 replaced the now defunct Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) of $ 500 per week, which ended after helping nearly nine million Canadians overcome the effects of the pandemic.

High school students in Quebec’s red zones will have to wear masks in class, organized sports will be banned and gyms closed under new restrictions aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus.

The new rules, announced today, will take effect from at least October 8 to 28. Education Minister Jean-François Roberge said grade 10 and 11 students will switch to a hybrid form of schooling, where they will be physically in school only every other day to reduce class sizes .

Canadians have made more than 830,000 repayments of emergency assistance benefits for COVID-19 to which they were not entitled – a statistic that some say reflects massive confusion about fast-track federal programs.

Figures provided to CBC News by the Canada Revenue Agency include reimbursements for recipients of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Student Emergency Benefit (CESG).

The federal government is proposing to send the Canadian Red Cross to COVID-19 hotspots as the number of cases rises and parts of the country slide into a second wave, sources say.

A senior government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the government had addressed areas hard hit by recent outbreaks and outbreaks.

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.

A Family Violence Information Line is available 24 hours a day 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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