COVID-19 health restrictions to remain in place

Grant Boone
January 11, 2021

In the meantime, Alberta has continued to deal with high levels of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney apologized Thursday for legislature members and political staff who travelled overseas over the holidays, saying his government broke the public trust and must rebuild it.

"The decision to resume in-class learning on January 11 is based on carefully considering the importance of attending school in person", Kenney said Thursday at a news conference, "as well as the latest evidence of cases dropping in all school-related age groups in December".

"Schools play, of course, a key role in supporting student learning as well as their emotional health, mental health, and overall wellbeing".

The Lethbridge School Division also announced Thursday that the "pivot" date for elementary and middle schools that allows students to switch between online and in-person learning has been delayed to February 22.

There are now 13,298 active cases in the province.

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A poll conducted by Leger over the New Year's weekend (when the sunscreen-and-slushy-drinks MLAs scandal was breaking) shows Alberta's UCP government with just a 27 per cent favourability rating for its handling of COVID.

Of the 24 deaths reported Friday, nine people were under the age of 70.

"Analysis of all of our cases in school-aged children indicated that only about six per cent of all of these cases were determined to have been acquired at school", she said.

Alberta has seen a decrease in the spread of COVID-19 since restrictions were implemented in early December, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health.

So how come we are far-and-away the least satisfied of all Canadians with our government's performance?

And far more Albertans are recovering from COVID every day than are being newly infected, which is why our active cases have gone from a high of 21,171 on December 13 to 13,450 on Wednesday.

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