COVID-19: What is behind the recent increase in the number of active cases in Calgary?

COVID-19: What is behind the recent increase in the number of active cases in Calgary?

Officials say there is no single source to report that can explain the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Calgary and the Calgary area, compared to the rest of the province.
As of Wednesday, the Calgary area had 2,910 of Alberta’s 6,534 total active cases, compared to 1,455 active cases in the Edmonton area.

The number of cases linked to the Calgary outbreaks is also much higher, with 640 in Calgary and 201 in the Edmonton area, as of March 23.

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According to Dr Deena Hinshaw, the source of the disparity “does not go back to any particular setting, any particular activity”.

“What we’re seeing in a lot of the cases that are reported to us is that people are tired, and so some of the public health restrictions go away and when that happens over time, then the virus – whether it’s variant. or wild- type COVID – have the opportunity to spread further, ”she said on Wednesday.

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Hinshaw said that while the Calgary area in particular is currently experiencing an increase in cases, that doesn’t mean other parts of the province are immune to a similar change in the numbers.

“It’s also important to remember that while in a particular part of Alberta there may be increased spread right now, that doesn’t mean other parts of Alberta are immune to the disease. virus, ”she said.

“And the virus can spread very quickly if given the chance. And so I would say to all Albertans, no matter where they live, every day, that we all need to be careful, follow precautions, and keep our communities safe.

Hinshaw reminds Albertans there is still a risk of transmitting COVID-19 outdoors

Hinshaw reminds Albertans there is still a risk of transmitting COVID-19 outdoors

Hinshaw said officials are also examining several outbreaks in the Calgary area, at workplaces, restaurants and related to social gatherings.

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According to Alberta Health, several outbreaks in Calgary also have variants of concern, including 21 of 34 cases linked to Joey Eau Claire and 10 of 11 cases linked to an outbreak at Engineered Air on Wednesday.

Hinshaw said the impact of an outbreak can be contained, provided the people linked to it are doing the right things in other parts of their lives, but this essential element of containment is not done by everyone.

“What we are seeing, again, where the initial spread occurs, is that the magnitude of the number of people who are primarily affected in subsequent generations of spread is magnified when people do not follow the measurements. of public health in many aspects of their lives. , ” she said.

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“We find that the greatest risk is when people are tired and put aside these public health measures and the spread happens, not just in one setting, but it happens in that setting and then that. happens in households, then it happens in others. other people’s workplaces in those households, and it can continue to spread with several generations of spread occurring even in a single week. ”

Hinshaw said if a variant strain – which is more contagious than the original virus strain – becomes dominant in Alberta, additional restrictions may need to be reintroduced to contain the spread.

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Hinshaw not ruling out increased COVID-19 restrictions in Alberta

Hinshaw not ruling out increased COVID-19 restrictions in Alberta

Dr. Lynora Saxinger, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Alberta, said the COVID-19 variants are “very ruthless with small failures.”

“So do all the (health measurements) really well and kind of give yourself a little quality check on how I’m doing with these things?” Said Saxinger.

“Am I using a properly fitted mask? Am I handling the mask correctly? Do I do hand hygiene? Am I paying attention to heavily touched surfaces? Am I very selective about the number of people to see? How to see them? Where to see them? The exterior is better than the interior. So how long to see them.

“Any interactivity has to be in the areas that are of the best personal value to you and if they are not of extremely high value to you, we should pretend to be locked out more often. “

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Calgary also has a significantly higher number of schools in an outbreak state or with active alerts.

As of Wednesday, 109 schools in the city of Calgary had either an outbreak of 10 or more cases or an alert, meaning there are two to four active cases. In Edmonton, there were only 32.

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As of Monday, 85 schools in Alberta had a total of 145 cases of variants of concern, with 21 transmissions reported in 21 schools.

Hinshaw said on Wednesday that so far there has been no significant difference between the level of transmission of the variants and the original dominant strain.

“For this reason, once again, we have continued with the measures in place in schools to protect students, teachers and staff,” Hinshaw said.

“I remind everyone that actions taken both outside and inside of school are important, and that safety measures outside of school will protect people at home. inside the school.

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