COVID-19: Alberta authorizes nearly 700 community peace officers to issue public health fines

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Hinshaw said he received reports of harassment or verbal abuse from law enforcement officers as they attempted to do their jobs.

“I know the restrictions currently being placed on all of us are difficult, but they are not the fault of law enforcement or inspectors, who are only enforcing the measures currently in place,” Hinshaw said.

Hinshaw reported 1,227 new and 14,217 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta on Friday. The Edmonton area continues to have the most cases in the province with 6,614 cases. Calgary area is next closest with 5,164.

Hospitalizations increased from 32 patients to 415, including 86 people, two more than Thursday, in intensive care.

Alberta recorded nine COVID-19-related deaths on Friday, including four in the Edmonton area.

Meanwhile, Edmonton public schools have registered cases in 11 schools in the city. Two cases were reported at Avalon School and only one case was linked to Westminster School, Rio Terrace School, WP Wagner School, Thelma Chalifoux School, Tevie Miller School, Queen School Elizabeth, Mee-Yah-Noh School, Lillian Osborne School, Ross Sheppard School and Dunluce School.

Grades 7 to 12 students across the province will be transitioning to online learning starting next week. Kindergarten to Grade 6 students will continue to learn in the classroom.

There are 60,375 active cases in Canada.

– With files from Dustin Cook

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