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COVID-19 Update: 94 cases | 2 deaths | Canadian government announces deal with vaccine candidates - Calgary Herald
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Article content continued The union wants to see the province direct a greater portion of its $10 billion infrastructure investment to universities, noting that universities can be drivers of economic recovery. Canadian government announces deal with two leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates Brazilian pediatric doctor Monica Levi, a volunteer who received a potential COVID-19 vaccine, works at the Specialized Clinic in Infectious and Parasitic Diseases and Immunizations (CEDIPI), in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 24, 2020.NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP via Getty Images The federal government has purchased early access to two of the leading candidates for a COVID-19 vaccine. The government announced Wednesday it had placed orders with Pfizer and Moderna, two companies with candidates in the third and final stage of trials for vaccines for the virus, which could be ready by the end of the year. Read more. Global coronavirus deaths exceed 700,000, one person dies every 15 seconds on average The global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 700,000 on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico leading the rise in fatalities. Nearly 5,900 people are dying every 24 hours from COVID-19 on average, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the past two weeks. That equates to 247 people per hour, or one person every 15 seconds. early access to two potential COVID-19 vaccines Tuesday Braid: Even with masks, school measures may not be enough to contain COVID-19 A pedestrian and his dog walk in front of the Calgary Board of Education headquarters on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia That wasnt a total school mask pirouette the UCP performed Tuesday. Premier Jason Kenney said July 22 that if medical advice changed, so would policy. But still, its bizarre that the government waited another two weeks to mandate what always seemed inevitable.
Alberta's COVID-19 case counts fall to double digits - Calgary Herald
Alberta's COVID-19 case counts fall to double digits
Currently, 85 Albertans are in hospital due to the new coronavirus, with 23 of those in intensive care. Hinshaw said Tuesday that the province has been getting positive reports about mask-wearing and compliance with public-health directives to protect people during the pandemic. She warned theres no silver bullet to make any situation risk free amid COVID-19, but noted numbers from the August long weekend are an improvement. Two weeks ago, I called our numbers a wake-up call. Today we are starting to see the result of Albertans answering that challenge. Tuesdays update covers four days of new cases. Over the weekend, 303 new COVID-19 cases have been reported, with the biggest increase on Friday, with 97 positive tests. On Monday, only 65 new cases were confirmed. People wait in line at a COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Calgary.Brendan Miller/Postmedia/File On Saturday, 67 new cases were reported, and Sunday there were 74. More than 34,000 tests were conducted over those four days, representing a 0.9 per cent positive rate. Thats lower than recent days, when the single-day percentage of positive tests hovered around 1.5 per cent. The AHS Calgary Zone is still Albertas hotspot, with 475 active cases 200 more than in the Edmonton Zone. Hinshaw said she cant yet point to a specific reason for the decline in new cases. Five new deaths are being reported in Alberta as of the last several days, including three more deaths at the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre in Edmonton. This now the deadliest long-term care centre outbreak, with 24 deaths. Madeline Smith (@meksmith) August 4, 2020
COVID-19 Update: Teachers anxious about return-to-school plans | Public adapts to new mandatory masks on first day - Calgary Herald
Live COVID-19 updates in Calgary for Aug. 2
Article content continued So far, four of the combined 387 passengers traveling on the ship on two separate cruises since July 17 have been found to carry the virus, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) and the Tromsoe municipality said. Read more. Kosovo prime minister says he has COVID-19 Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti on July 24, 2020.ARMEND NIMANI/AFP via Getty Images PRISTINA Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti said on Sunday he has contracted COVID-19 and will self-isolate at home for two weeks. I dont have symptoms expect a very mild cough, Hoti said on his Facebook page. Hotis government has faced criticism for not doing enough to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, with the small Balkan country reporting a sharp increase in cases in the past few days including 13 deaths on Sunday. Around 9,000 people have been infected with the new coronavirus and 249 have died since mid-March, when the first cases with the virus were reported in the small Balkan country. Reuters 1:30 p.m. Left in the lurch: Teachers, parents anxious over return-to-school amid pandemic Alberta teachers and parents are expressing unease at the current preventive measures put in place to cope with COVID-19.EDDIE KEOGH/Reuters file As COVID-19 case counts continue to rise in Alberta, some teachers and parents worry a return to a classroom will trigger more outbreaks due to inadequate funding and protocols to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. A cluster of cases at a Calgary Catholic School District summer school class, where three have now been infected with COVID-19, is compounding worries. The Alberta government announced July 22 that in-person K-12 classes would resume this September amid the pandemic, with the province opting for Scenario 1, which returns schools to near-normal operation with some new safety measures in place. Those include frequent sanitation of high-touch areas like washrooms, putting students in cohort groups by class and staggering school schedules to allow for more physical distancing.
Live COVID-19 updates in Calgary for July 31 - Calgary Herald
Live COVID-19 updates in Calgary for July 31
Article content continued The safety of our team and our guests has always been, and will always remain our top priority and as such we are taking every measure possible to ensure that this continues moving forward, the bar said. The bar said in a reply to another Instagram comment that the staff member only worked one shift, on July 27 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. University of Lethbridge makes masks mandatory on campus Starting Aug. 10, anyone on the campus of the university of Lethbridge will be required to wear a face covering or non-medical mask. The masks will only be required in indoor spaces. Those working on campus will not be required to wear the mask while in their office, unless they are located in an area that faces a public space. The mask rules will also apply to summer camp attendees. The university says it is purchasing reusable masks for all faculty, staff and students registered in face-to-face classess this fall. THey will not be available until the end of August. Feds to wind down CERB program The $80-billion Canada Emergency Response Benefit is set to wind down over the coming weeks.Peter J. Thompson/National Post files Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government will create a transitional benefit to help workers who exhaust emergency pandemic aid and dont qualify for employment insurance. The $80-billion Canada Emergency Response Benefit is set to wind down over the coming weeks, with those who are EI-eligible to move onto that separate program. Speaking this morning, Trudeau says many people who dont qualify for the program, such as gig or contract workers, will gain access to a transitional, parallel benefit that is similar to EI.
Nearly 36,000 Albertans had COVID-19 by mid-May, new serology study suggests - Calgary Herald
Nearly 36,000 Albertans had COVID-19 by mid-May: new serology study
Serology testing detects antibodies in blood that are only present in people who have previously been infected by the coronavirus. The testing determines whether a person has had COVID-19 in the past but not whether they are currently infected or contagious. The study involved Alberta laboratories performing tests on about 9,400 anonymous, randomized blood samples collected for other reasons during the first week of June. Less than one per cent of those samples showed the presence of antibodies, though Hinshaw warned that officials can not say whether it was a representative sample of Albertans. The results of the study mean that early efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infection in Alberta were successful, Hinshaw said. It also means that as of mid-May, a very low percentage of our population had been infected with COVID-19, she said. The serology testing study will be repeated monthly to show trends as Alberta began to reopen its economy. Meanwhile, Alberta is expanding traditional swab testing as wait times for COVID-19 tests and results grow. The province is now allowing all community pharmacies in Alberta who meet safety requirements to enrol in a program to offer asymptomatic coronavirus tests. Last month, Alberta launched a pilot program that saw more than 10,000 Albertans receive COVID-19 tests at 20 pharmacies across Alberta. Pharmacies may begin testing after they receive supplies from Alberta Precision Laboratories, a process that could take a number of weeks.
Live COVID-19 updates in Calgary for July 30 - Calgary Herald
Live COVID-19 updates in Calgary for July 30
Article content continued All passengers who have an elevated temperature and do not have a medical certificate to explain a medical or physical condition that would result in an elevated temperature, will not be permitted to continue their travel and will be asked to re-book after 14 days, Transport Canada said in the June announcement. Wednesday Braid: Kenneys blunt take on a provincial mask mandate, and his views on new infections, finances Premier Jason Kenney in Edmonton on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta Columnist Don Braid writes: Many people wonder why Premier Jason Kenney refused to pass a provincial mask law, leaving the hot potato to the annoyed mayors of Calgary and Edmonton. The premier says he feared a powerful rural backlash. If the provincial government overacted on that and we had a provincewide (mask) mandate, I fear we would see large segments of the rural population just openly defy that, Kenney said in an interview at the end of the legislature session. We would have all sorts of very serious enforcement problems. I think it would become counterproductive. Read more. Wednesday Cochrane to mandate masks if outbreak worsens; 133 new COVID-19 cases reported Calgarians wear masks as they walk along Stephen Avenue Mall in downtown Calgary on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Calgarys mandatory bylaw on transit and indoor public places begins on Saturday.Gavin Young/Postmedia Cochrane is the latest Alberta municipality to reckon with mandating mask use amid a spike in the provinces COVID-19 numbers. The tact of the town, located just west of Calgary: stand pat for now, but enact a bylaw requiring mask use if 10 or more active cases of the novel coronavirus emerge in the community of about 25,000. Currently, Cochrane has six active cases.
'The curve is no longer flat': Alberta's active case count at 1430, eight newly reported deaths - Calgary Herald
Alberta's active case count at 1,430, with eight newly reported deaths
Hinshaw said people cannot forget that the virus can have severe or fatal impacts on their health or the health of their loved ones. The eight newly reported deaths include five women connected to an outbreak at Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre in Edmonton, a man in his 80s linked to Blue Sky Lodge in South zone, a man in his 80s from South zone and a woman in her 80s from the Edmonton zone, who died in mid-May but whose death has been determined to have been caused by COVID-19. AHS has been working closely with operators to implement measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus at the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre because the outbreak has resulted in 78 cases and 12 deaths. The 304 cases detected over the weekend were from 10,617 tests on Friday, 9,848 on Saturday and 7,428 on Sunday. AHS has completed a total of 651,335 tests on 547,785 people. Of the active cases, 730 are in the Calgary zone which represents just over 50 per cent. Hinshaw is remaining persistent that people wear masks anywhere it may be hard to stay two metres away from others, especially in indoor spaces. To encourage mask use, Hinshaw is asking Albertans to post photos of themselves wearing their favourite masks. She posted a photo of herself donning a periodic table mask to kick off the trend. When we can find creative ways to follow public health advice, keeping each other safe while having some fun, we should do that, she said. During a meeting on Monday, Banff Town Council unanimously approved a bylaw to make masks mandatory in enclosed spaces like shops, cafes and facilities, and outside in Banffs downtown pedestrian zone, as early as this Friday, July 31.
On the Road: A comet tale - Calgary Herald
On the Road: A comet tale
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COVID-19 Live Updates: News on coronavirus in Calgary for July 23 - Calgary Herald
COVID-19 Live Updates: News on coronavirus in Calgary for July 23
Article content continued A light at the end of the tunnel: Beef industry recovering from COVID-19 impact Beef cattle at the Kasko Cattle feedlot, which are affected by a supply chain blockage caused by coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreaks at meat-packing plants, in Coaldale, Alberta, Canada May 6, 2020. Picture taken May 6, 2020. REUTERS/Todd Korol ORG XMIT: HFS-GGGKOR114REUTERS/Todd Korol According to industry estimates, at the height of the crisis, Canadian feedlot operators were losing $500,000 per day paying to feed and retain cattle that normally would be ready to ship to slaughter. Fed cattle prices also plummeted by $300-$400 per head, hitting their lowest point since October 2013. Warning of a real wreck on the horizon, industry leaders successfully lobbied the federal and provincial governments to create a set-aside program, which compensates producers for voluntarily holding their cattle back from market in an effort to allow supply to match demand. That program has helped to avert a price collapse, said Janice Tranberg, president and CEO of the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association. Read more. Love hurts: COVID-19 helps cut Alberta wedding numbers by nearly half Senior Manager Marjie Bagherpour (L) examines a dress with the help of stylist Brittney Powell at Durand Bridal on Macleod Tr SW in Calgary on Thursday, July 23, 2020.Jim Wells/Postmedia According to Service Alberta, the number of marriage registrations in the province from March through June this year fell to 3,185 from 5,296 in the same period last year a decrease of 40 per cent. That plummet was accentuated even more by the fact those registrations reached 1,026 in February, the month before the global pandemic was declared. Its a number that far exceeded the 727 chalked up the previous February. Read more. Surge in COVID-19 cases a wake-up call for Albertans, says top doctor Albertas chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw there are now almost 1,300 active COVID-19 cases in the province.Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta The province is fast approaching the current record of 113 overall hospitalizations on April 30 and 23 ICU admission on May 1.
Nenshi takes aim at province's school reopening plan; suggests masking must be component of re-entry - Calgary Herald
Nenshi takes aim at province's school reopening plan
But while Premier Jason Kenney said the decision on wider mandatory use of masks is being left up to municipalities, he insisted the reopening of schools is being undertaken in a measured and safe manner. (Its fine) if the cities, if they decide to go in that direction theyre accountable to their voters, said Kenney. We cant eliminate risk of people contracting this virus, we have to minimize the risk which is exactly what were doing in a careful and prudent way. But several teachers who spoke to Postmedia said they have no faith in the provinces plan or its financial commitment to support safety protocols in the classroom. Some of them said teachers are finalizing wills and life insurance policies ahead of what they say will be hazardous working conditions. Theres no funding for boards to make this transition safe and theres no way well be able to properly distance those kids, said an elementary school teacher at the Calgary Board of Education who withheld her name. We have a lot of teachers over 50 and with that comes health issues. The province, she said, is downloading its responsibilities onto school boards and even teachers. Another teacher broke down in tears about the prospect of returning to class something he wants to do but with better precautions. How do you fit that many kids into social distancing? Its impossible, said the Calgary Catholic school board teacher. Its a little overwhelming, its pretty much thoughts and prayers. I feel like Im a human experiment.