Alberta reports five more COVID-19 deaths, 113 new cases

Grant Boone
September 11, 2020

"We should be concerned about recent increases in the total number of active cases", Kenney said September 9.

Angela School and Lester B. Pearson High School in Calgary, as well as Raymond High School in Raymond and Lawrence Grassi Middle School in Canmore, have all reported in letters to parents that a case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed.

"In a school context, there is a risk for students and staff only when an infectious person has been present that they may have come in contact with".

Alberta Health Services (AHS) defines an outbreak as being two or more cases of an illness in one location within a 14-day period.

She noted the number of active cases in the province, at 1,494, is down by 91 from the previous day "but it's still a concerning total".

None of the schools have declared outbreaks and all remain open. Cases were also reported at Canyon Meadows School in Calgary and Meadow Ridge School in Okotoks before classes resumed last week.

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Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical health officer, said officials have counted 11 cases at 11 schools but none of the infections were acquired at the schools.

"We want to do everything we possibly can to avoid jerking around people, indiscriminately shutting down their businesses, their jobs and their livelihoods", Kenney said.

Alberta schools are now open under what the government considers Scenario 1, or near-normal operations with some restrictions in place to help slow the spread of the virus including mandatory masks for students Grades 4 to 12 in shared spaces when physical distancing is not possible.

Hinshaw said she may amend rules for other schools, and schools with more than five COVID-19 cases will be listed on a health website.

"We knew kids would be back in schools for months and the government has done nothing to plan for it".

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