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

01:51  01 november  2020
01:51  01 november  2020 Source:   calgaryherald.com

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a train is parked on the side of a building: The Pandemic Response Unit at Peter Lougheed Centre, built to handle COVID-19 patients, on Oct. 30, 2020. © Provided by Calgary Herald The Pandemic Response Unit at Peter Lougheed Centre, built to handle COVID-19 patients, on Oct. 30, 2020.

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.
  • The Alberta government is blocking the federal COVID-19 app from being used in Alberta, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a radio interview with an Edmonton station on Friday. The province has said the delay stems from trying to transition those on the provincial app to the federal one.
  • The Glenbow Museum will be closed until Nov. 14 after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The Blood Tribe in southern Alberta has reported a single case of COVID-19 at a school on the reserve.
  • Alberta is removing runny nose and sore throat from the daily symptom checklist requiring school-aged children to stay home for 24 hours starting Monday. It is also relaxing recommendations when children only have one of the non-core COVID-19 symptoms.
  • The McDonald’s in Mount Pleasant closed temporarily Thursday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Mayor Naheed Nenshi is calling Wednesday for the provincial government to bring the federal contact tracing app to Alberta as COVID-19 cases spike.
  • Calgary now has 11 schools on watch status of five or more cases.
  • Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced a new mandatory limit in Calgary and Edmonton of 15 people on social gatherings where “people are mixing and mingling.”

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COVID-19 clusters reported at two Alberta federal prisons

a sign on the side of a road:  FILE – Exterior photo shows sign at main entrance at Bowden Institution at Bowden, AB about 100 km north of Calgary. © Provided by Calgary Herald FILE – Exterior photo shows sign at main entrance at Bowden Institution at Bowden, AB about 100 km north of Calgary.

Staff members at two central Alberta federal prisons have tested positive for COVID-19, the latest in a string of cases at correctional centres in the province.

Three employees at the Bowden Institution, located just outside Innisfail, Correctional Service Canada (SCS) confirmed, while other media outlets reported two staff members at the Drumheller Institution were infected with the novel coronavirus. No inmates at either facility have tested positive for COVID-19.

“Contact tracing efforts are underway, which is conducted in partnership with local public health authorities. We are collaborating with public health to ensure that close contacts are self-isolating at home,” the CSC said in a statement.

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Canadians need to cut contacts by a quarter to control COVID-19 outbreak: Tam

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New federal projections suggest that Canadians need to cut a quarter of their contacts to keep the COVID-19 outbreak under control, as several provinces wrestle with how far their lockdown measures should go to reinforce that message.

The government released forecasts Friday indicating that at current rates of socializing in person, Canada could see COVID-19 case counts increase to 8,000 per day come early December. If Canadians reduce their rates of contact by 25 per cent, that number could drop below 2,000, according to the modelling.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said the country has lost its lead in the ongoing “dance” with COVID-19 after curbing cases over the summer, and taking it back will require discipline.

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Austria on Saturday announced a nighttime curfew and the closure of cafes, bars and restaurants to all but take-away service as a surge in coronavirus infections threatens to overwhelm its hospitals.

The Alpine country had a swift and effective lockdown during its first wave of infections in March but had held off similar action this month to help the economy, even as daily cases rose to several times the spring peak.

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Britain introduced the 80% wage subsidy scheme in March and it had been due to expire on Saturday to be replaced with a more targeted and less generous support.

The scheme supported 8.9 million jobs at its peak, and had been forecast to cost around 52 billion pounds ($67.28 billion) over its eight-month lifespan.

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Friday

Alberta government blocking federal COVID Alert app, Trudeau says

a hand holding a cellphone:  The COVID Alert app is seen on an iPhone in Ottawa on July 31, 2020. © Provided by Calgary Herald The COVID Alert app is seen on an iPhone in Ottawa on July 31, 2020.

The Jason Kenney government is blocking the federal COVID Alert app from being used in Alberta, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged in an Edmonton radio interview Friday.

“(The app) will be a lot more useful when the province decides to give people the ability to plug in the codes,” Trudeau said in an interview with 630 CHED.

“That’s all that’s missing, and we really hope that people will take on every tool we possibly can to fight COVID-19.”

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Friday

Alberta reaches record highs in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

a person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera:  Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw. © Ed Kaiser Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

Friday marked a record-breaking day for the COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta, with the province setting highs for new cases, active infections and hospitalizations.

Alberta recorded 622 new novel coronavirus cases Friday, the largest single-day jump to date. The province’s previous high came on Oct. 24, when 575 cases were reported.

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Friday

622 new cases, five deaths

Friday

Inmates with COVID-19 symptoms in Calgary jail allowed to mix with asymptomatic ones, union alleges

a car parked in front of a building:  The Calgary Correctional Centre in 2017. © Provided by Calgary Herald The Calgary Correctional Centre in 2017.

The union representing Alberta jail workers says the COVID-19 outbreak at the Calgary Correctional Centre has been badly mismanaged, with basic public-health measures neglected even as cases spread.

There are now 132 cases at the jail, located on Calgary’s northwest outskirts. But Alberta Union of Provincial Employees vice-president Bobby-Joe Borodey said the outbreak could have been mitigated with more clear direction and better adherence to health measures.

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Friday

Glenbow Museum temporarily closing after staff member tests positive

a tall building in a city:  Exterior of the Glenbow Museum in downtown Calgary. © Courtesy, Glenbow Museum Exterior of the Glenbow Museum in downtown Calgary.

The Glenbow will be closing its doors until Nov. 14 due to a case of COVID-19 in a staff member.

In an email, the museum said the staff member was “non-public-facing” but they have decided to close the facility for a deep clean out of an abundance of caution.

Glenbow’s All Access Week has been rescheduled to be held Nov. 14- 22.

During that week, admission to the museum is free thanks to a donation from Servus Credit Union. However, patrons will still need to obtain timed tickets online.

Friday

Blood Tribe reports positive case at reserve school

A single case of COVID-19 has been reported at a school on the Blood Tribe reserve.

The Blood Tribe Emergency Management Team received a notification from the Kainai Board of Education about a case at Tatsikiisaapo’p Middle School, near Cardston.

The school had already been scheduled to be closed today.

Indigenous Services Canada – First Nations and Inuit Health Branch and Blood Tribe Emergency Management are taking steps to contain the virus and support the individual, according to a release form the Blood Tribe.

The tribe reported the death of one elder to the virus in June.

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