At least 20 Alberta schools have reported cases of COVID-19 since students across the province started returning to classrooms a week ago. Our focus continues to be on limiting the spread of COVID-19 in the community, and responding quickly to outbreaks when they occur.
Families at both the high school district and Nippersink School District 2, which feeds into it, who had students in close contact with anyone who had a confirmed case were notified, said Tom Lind, the superintendent for both districts.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw is expected to provide details about online reporting tools for cases of the disease in schools.
There may be reports of more school cases, she said, but those people may not have been in school while infectious.More news: Samsung and LG will stop supplying display to HUAWEI after 15 September
"I'm concerned about the continued rise in cases".
The low number of new cases on September 8 helped with the active case count, however, dropping the total by 110 to 1,585 as of Tuesday.
Hinshaw added while there are 16 cases of the illness in 16 schools across Alberta, none met the requirement.
For those schools that are open, students and staff are required to wear face coverings and maintain proper social distancing, among other new rules and policies. But Hinshaw said she has allowed an exemption for the Fort Vermilion School Division in the northern part of the province with six of its schools.More news: Donald Trump asks 'muffled' reporter to remove face mask
The province also updated its online map to show two previously recovered cases from outside the urban service area still have COVID-19. "They go from one building to another and when you have a case or two or three or four, you may have 30, 40, 50 or maybe even 100 different contacts that those students can have", says Dr. Steve Highlander.
"This is a very disturbing trend just days into the school year", Hoffman said.
"We knew kids would be back in schools for months and the government has done nothing to plan for it".More news: Android 11 launches with streamlined conversations, screen recording, and more