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Canada COVID-19 Update: 432 new cases, four deaths | 55 cases in outbreak at Calgary Correctional Centre

02:06  24 october  2020
02:06  24 october  2020 Source:   calgaryherald.com

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a large room:  File image from inside the intermittent use cells of Calgary Correctional Centre. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009. © Provided by Calgary Herald File image from inside the intermittent use cells of Calgary Correctional Centre. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009.

With news on COVID-19 happening rapidly, we’ve created this page to bring you our latest stories and information on the outbreak in and around Calgary.

What’s happening now

  • The province reported Friday 432 new cases of COVID-19 from 15,208 tests and four additional deaths. There are 3,651 active cases in Alberta and 1,307 in Alberta Health Services’ Calgary zone.
  • There are now 55 cases — 50 in inmates and five in staff — connected to the outbreak at the Calgary Correctional Centre.
  • Calgary Emergency Management Agency chief Tom Sampson is “highly concerned” with the rise of COVID-19 cases.
  • Alberta will be among the first provinces to pilot a project that will see international travellers get a rapid COVID-19 test and possibly avoid a 14-day quarantine.
  • Premier Jason Kenney is self-isolating after Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Kenney has tested negative but will carry out his isolation period as required.
  • WestJet announced Wednesday it will refund passengers whose flights were cancelled due to COVID-19.
  • An October wedding celebration is now linked to 51 cases of COVID-19 in the province.
  • Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Tuesday that the federal COVID Alert app isn’t available in the province because there are still technical issues in transitioning current users of the ABTraceTogether app to the federal app.
  • Restrictions on non-essential travel between Canada and the United States are being extended until at least Nov. 21.
  • All Albertans will have a chance to get their flu shots starting Monday, something health-care experts say is vital this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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55 cases connected to Calgary Correctional Centre outbreak

432 new cases, four deaths

Trudeau announces made-in-Canada vaccine deal, but warns vaccines months away from rollout

a person preparing food in a commercial kitchen:  Scientists work in VIDO-InterVac’s (Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre) containment level 3 laboratory, where the organization is currently researching a vaccine for novel coronavirus, at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada October 18, 2019. © David Stobbe/VIDO-InterVac/University of Saskatchewan/Handout Scientists work in VIDO-InterVac’s (Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre) containment level 3 laboratory, where the organization is currently researching a vaccine for novel coronavirus, at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada October 18, 2019.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the first deal for a made-in-Canada vaccine candidate, adding to the other deals Canada has already signed to secure hundreds of millions of doses for promising COVID-19 vaccines.

Rehman: 'Dehumanizing, counterproductive, unlawful' – Canada's correctional system resists all attempts at reform

  Rehman: 'Dehumanizing, counterproductive, unlawful' – Canada's correctional system resists all attempts at reform I am the mother of a son who is nearing two decades of his life in prison. It has been hard enough coming to terms with the criminal act and imprisonment of my only son after his struggles with recurring mental health challenges and adverse social environments during his most formative years. But I have also had to come to terms with a correctional system that, despite many calls for reform, remains steeped in an archaic cultural mindset, focusing on punishing prisoners instead of preparing them for a safer and healthier future. The resulting living conditions, long denounced by experts as dehumanizing, counterproductive and unlawful, are still allowed to continue.

Trudeau also said it’s reasonable to expect vaccines will roll out sometime in 2021, but cautioned it will depend how safety trials proceed in the coming months.

Read more .

WHO’s Tedros says countries on ‘dangerous track’ in pandemic

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wearing a suit and tie:  Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), answers questions at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on Feb. 7, 2018. © Martial Trezzini Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), answers questions at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on Feb. 7, 2018.

The world is now at a critical juncture in the COVID-19 pandemic and some countries are on a dangerous path, facing the prospect of health services collapsing under the strain, the head of the World Health Organization said on Friday.

“We are at a critical juncture in the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the Northern hemisphere,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference. “The next few months are going to be very tough and some countries are on a dangerous track.”

“We urge leaders to take immediate action, to prevent further unnecessary deaths, essential health services from collapsing and schools shutting again. As I said it in February and I’m repeating it today: This is not a drill.”

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Tedros said too many countries were now seeing an exponential increase in infections, “and that is now leading to hospitals and intensive care units running close or above capacity — and we’re still only in October.”

He said countries should take action to limit the spread of the virus quickly. Improving testing, tracing of contacts of those infected and isolation of those at risk of spreading the virus would enable countries to avoid mandatory lockdowns.

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Rising cases impact non-essential surgeries in Edmonton Zone

a woman wearing glasses and smiling at the camera:  Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr Deena Hinshaw provides an update on COVID-19 and the ongoing work to protect public health from Edmonton on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. © Chris Schwarz Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr Deena Hinshaw provides an update on COVID-19 and the ongoing work to protect public health from Edmonton on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

About 30 per cent of non-essential surgeries in the Edmonton Zone will be postponed for the foreseeable future in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said again Thursday the recent rise in cases of COVID-19 in the Edmonton Zone, which includes the city of Edmonton and surrounding municipalities, is concerning. Numbers continue to grow despite the voluntary measures introduced two weeks ago to slow the spread. Currently, there are 1,718 active cases in the region and 1,421 active cases in the city of Edmonton, or 139.1 per 100,000 people.

COVID-19 Update: 622 new cases, five deaths | Blood Tribe reports case in reserve school | Calgary jail outbreak poorly managed, union says

  COVID-19 Update: 622 new cases, five deaths | Blood Tribe reports case in reserve school | Calgary jail outbreak poorly managed, union says With news on COVID-19 happening rapidly, we’ve created this page to bring you our latest stories and information on the outbreak in and around Calgary. What’s happening now The province reported 622 new cases of COVID-19 on 12,938 tests and five additional deaths. There are 5,172 active cases in Alberta and 2,034 in Alberta Health Services’ Calgary zone. The union representing Alberta jail workers said Friday the COVID-19 outbreak at the Calgary Correctional Centre has been badly mismanaged. The outbreak now has 132 cases — 112 in inmates and 20 in staff.

“With the rise in COVID-19 cases, we are seeing an increase not only in our hospitalization numbers but also an increase in the number of our frontline health-care workers who are off due to quarantine restrictions,” Hinshaw said.

“Because of this, AHS has made the decision to postpone non-urgent surgeries and some ambulatory care clinic visits in the Edmonton Zone.”

Read more .

Six Calgary schools on watch status, with potential for three more to be added

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The current survey of Calgary schools has six schools on watch status, and 17 at outbreak status, according to the Alberta government’s tracking site .

Three more Calgary schools have technically met the threshold for watch status (5 or more cases) according to the Support our Students case tracking website .

Since the start of the school year, 13 schools have resolved a watch or outbreak status, and 65 schools have only reported a single case.

Of the 64 schools that reported only one case, 39 of those have gone at least two weeks since reporting their last case.

Over seven days, Oct. 13-19, there have been 366 COVID-19 cases reported among school-age children in Alberta. More than half (200) have been in the Edmonton AHS zone. The Calgary zone, which includes Okotoks, Airdrie, Chestermere, Canmore, Cochrane and Banff, has seen 102 cases.

Across Alberta, 236 schools have reported at least one case in the past two weeks, according to Support our Students.

Thursday

‘These numbers are scary’: CEMA chief raises alarm about rising COVID-19 cases

a man talking on a cell phone:  Tom Sampson, Chief of Calgary Emergency Management Agency speaks to media in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. © Provided by Calgary Herald Tom Sampson, Chief of Calgary Emergency Management Agency speaks to media in Calgary on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.

The head of Calgary’s emergency management agency says rising COVID-19 numbers should trigger alarm bells in Calgary.

“This is different. These numbers are scary,” CEMA Chief Tom Sampson said Thursday. “We should be paying attention before it gets out of control.”

Read more .

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Thursday

Cases linked to Calgary wedding climbs to 51

a person holding a flower:  Alberta Health is investigating an outbreak of at least 51 cases linked to a single Calgary wedding. © Provided by Calgary Herald Alberta Health is investigating an outbreak of at least 51 cases linked to a single Calgary wedding.

The number of COVID-19 cases linked to a Calgary wedding in early October has climbed to 51.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Alberta chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said the wedding had 63 attendees, and at least 49 had tested positive for the virus.

Current provincial government wedding gathering limits are set at 100 for outdoor events, and 50 for indoor events.

Hinshaw said on Tuesday that the information she had suggested organizers were doing their best to follow public guidelines.

“There were some indoor portions of the event and that unfortunately and it’s still not clear exactly how the infection was transmitted or who that index case was,” said Hinshaw.

She said the people involved in the wedding did nothing intentionally wrong, and it serves as a reminder that people who attend events need to practice physical distancing, hand washing, and mask-wearing when possible.

“COVID-19 really does love parties, and we need to keep this in mind when planning or attending social events.”

Thursday

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Calgary Correctional Centre as 24 inmates test positive

a large room:  File image from inside the intermittent use cells of Calgary Correctional Centre. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009. © Provided by Calgary Herald File image from inside the intermittent use cells of Calgary Correctional Centre. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009.

Two dozen inmates at the Calgary Correctional Centre have tested positive for COVID-19, the latest outbreak at an Alberta jail.

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported the outbreak at her Thursday press conference.

Read more .

Thursday

Kenney on list for expedited COVID-19 testing while other ministers, MLAs wait days for results

Jason Kenney wearing a suit and tie:  Premier Jason Kenney, pictured here on June 17, attended Thursday’s press conference virtually while he self-isolates as a result of coming into contact with Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard, who tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday. Kenney tested negative late Wednesday. © Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, pictured here on June 17, attended Thursday’s press conference virtually while he self-isolates as a result of coming into contact with Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard, who tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday. Kenney tested negative late Wednesday.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is on a short list of government officials approved for expedited COVID-19 testing, while other MLAs – including Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard – have to wait days for results.

The premier, who has tested negative for the virus, is in self-isolation after coming in close contact with Allard last Thursday. Allard learned about her positive COVID-19 test Wednesday and is also in isolation.

Read more .

Thursday

Alberta to pilot rapid testing program for international travellers

a group of people standing in a room:  Masked travellers move through the international wing of the Calgary International Airport on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. © Provided by Calgary Herald Masked travellers move through the international wing of the Calgary International Airport on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Alberta has been selected to trial a pilot project that will relax the quarantine requirements for international travellers entering Canada, using rapid COVID-19 testing at airports and border crossings to reduce the risk of transmission instead.

Currently, travellers returning to Canada from outside the country are legally required to quarantine for 14 days upon entry. Beginning on Nov. 2 at the Coutts land border crossing and the Calgary International Airport, travellers will be offered a COVID-19 test upon arrival before proceeding into the required quarantine. Once the test comes back negative, they will be able to leave their place of quarantine as long as they commit to getting a second test on day six or seven after arrival.

Participants will also be closely monitored through daily symptom checks. They will also be required to follow enhanced preventative health measures, such as wearing masks in public places and avoiding visiting high-risk groups.

Read more .

Thursday

427 new cases

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 427 new cases on 14,304 tests
  • No new deaths; 296 total
  • 112 in hospital; 18 in ICUs
  • 3,519 active cases in Alberta; 1,260 in Alberta Health Services’ Calgary zone
  • Hinshaw said tests for a few officials “crucial to the pandemic response,” including Hinshaw herself and Premier Jason Kenney, are completed as quickly as possible; Kenney’s test results came back in hours Wednesday
  • Some non-urgent surgeries and non-ambulatory care visits are being rescheduled in Edmonton zone
  • Hinshaw says there is a “concerning rise” in Calgary cases; discussion is ongoing, but no decisions on further non-mandatory restrictions have been made

You can watch the update below.

COVID-19 Update: 622 new cases, five deaths | Blood Tribe reports case in reserve school | Calgary jail outbreak poorly managed, union says .
With news on COVID-19 happening rapidly, we’ve created this page to bring you our latest stories and information on the outbreak in and around Calgary. What’s happening now The province reported 622 new cases of COVID-19 on 12,938 tests and five additional deaths. There are 5,172 active cases in Alberta and 2,034 in Alberta Health Services’ Calgary zone. The union representing Alberta jail workers said Friday the COVID-19 outbreak at the Calgary Correctional Centre has been badly mismanaged. The outbreak now has 132 cases — 112 in inmates and 20 in staff.

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