Canada COVID-19 Update: Alberta reaches 500 deaths | 1,265 new cases | Calgary declares local state of emergency
Canada’s coronavirus cases exceed 300,000
It comes just shy of a month after Canada hit 200,000 cases nationally. Read more: Tam says Canada on track for 10K daily coronavirus cases Ontario and Quebec -- Canada's long-standing coronavirus hotspots -- both recorded significant case counts on Monday, despite seeing declines in daily tallies on Sunday. Ontario reported 1,487 new confirmed cases, along with 10 additional deaths. Quebec reported 1,218 cases and 25 deaths.
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
- . Alberta reached the tragic milestone of 500 deaths.
- Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Wednesday .
- on Wednesday.
- Premier Jason Kenney declared a state of public health emergency while announcing .
- as part of changes to the school calendar to help limit the spread of the virus.
- AstraZeneca said on Monday , giving the world’s fight against the global pandemic a new weapon, cheaper to make, easier to distribute and faster to scale-up than rivals.
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Coronavirus live updates: Quebec reports 982 new cases, 24 deaths as hospitalizations soar
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Chris Selley: Will unvaccinated Canadians finally hold their governments to account?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is quite obviously softening Canadians up for a blow: As early as next month, and for several months thereafter, they are likely to see millions of people around the world being vaccinated against COVID-19. And for quite a while, none of them will be Canadian.
“One of the things to remember is Canada no longer has any domestic production capacity for vaccines,”at his Tuesday news conference. “Countries like the United States, Germany and the U.K. do have domestic pharmaceutical facilities, which is why they’re obviously going to prioritize helping their citizens first.”
COVID-19 Update: Trudeau to address Canadians this morning | 1,105 new cases, eight deaths | STARS transporting more COVID patients
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 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will speak to the nation from outside his home at 9:30 MST. The province reported Thursday 1,105 new cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths. There are 10,382 active cases in Alberta. A Calgary company has developed a COVID-19 test which speeds up results so significantly it could allow Alberta Health Services to increase capacity from 12,000 to about 100,000 tests a day.
America celebrates scaled-back Thanksgiving as COVID-19 surges
Americans awoke on Thursday to celebrate a Thanksgiving Day transformed by the coronavirus pandemic, with the Macy’s parade limited to a television-only event and many families resigned to meeting on video for turkey dinner.
Thanksgiving, normally a day for family and friends to gather in big numbers to feast and remember life’s blessings, has been upended by the pandemic, with cases and deaths surging in recent weeks as cooler temperatures push people indoors where the virus spreads more easily.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, a spectacle of giant character balloons that has delighted children for nearly a century, has been scaled back significantly. The route is a block long, rather than 2.5 miles; balloon handlers have been replaced by specially rigged vehicles; and spectators will not be allowed to line the streets as before.
Hundreds of Alberta doctors sign 3rd letter urging lockdown
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Town of Banff declares state of local emergency
After a lengthy special meeting of town council, the Town of Banff declared a state of local emergency on Wednesday evening.
“In times of crisis, you need to take extraordinary measures – and this is certainly a dire situation for the people of Banff,” said Mayor Karen Sorensen. “Our region – Banff and Lake Louise – has the second-highest number of cases per capita in Alberta.”
The mayor said declaring a state of local emergency will allow the town to reallocate resources and be more nimble in its response to a rapidly changing situation.
The Town of Banff has declared a State of Local Emergency to supplement measures enacted by the Province under the Public Health Emergency, to help stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 in— Banff Town (@Banff_Town) .
It will also signal to visitors that the risk of transmission has increased in the small town.
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“For visitors, they need to be aware of the high risk of transmission here,” said Sorensen. “For residents and businesses, they need to know we are here for them, but we also need them to double-down on the measures that will stamp out COVID in Banff.”
Town officials are still in discussions about making changes to the mandatory mask bylaw, and limiting operating hours of restaurants, liquor stores and cannabis shops. The town may also limit restaurant occupancy. More details are expected on Nov. 30.
27 Calgary schools on ‘watch’ with five or more cases
There are 27 Calgary schools currently under the province’s “watch” status with five or more cases of COVID-19,.
as part of the government’s measures to reduce the spread of the virus announced on Tuesday, 18 of the Calgary schools under “watch” are junior high or high schools, while three are middle schools that teach kids up to Grade 9, one is a K-12 school and only five of the schools under “watch” are elementary schools.
Of the 37 Calgary schools on outbreak with two to four cases, only 12 are exclusively elementary schools, while the remaining 25 include some students in grades 7 to 12.
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Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Wednesday that there are active alerts or outbreaks in 15 per cent of schools in Alberta with 1,207 active cases of COVID-19 in those schools.
She said of those schools, 179 are dealing with outbreaks of two or more cases and 71 are on the province’s “watch” list with five or more cases.
Hinshaw took time to thank parents, guardians, students, teachers and school staff for their efforts during the pandemic.
“I know that there has been a burden on parents this year to keep kids home even with mild illness and to arrange for kids to stay home if an exposure has taken place in their class,” Hinshaw added.
There have been 859 schools in Alberta that have reported at least one case of COVID-19 since the beginning of the school year, according to, and there have been 563 schools that have reported a case in the last two weeks.
Stronger COVID-19 restrictions in Alberta not forbidden by the Charter: legal experts
Legal experts say Premier Jason Kenney’s suggestion that enacting a full lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 would violate Albertans’ Charter rights doesn’t reflect the law.
Eric Adams, professor of law and constitutional expert at the University of Alberta, said Kenney’s comments seemed to inaccurately suggest the Premier’s hands were tied by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his government’s plan for COVID-19 vaccine approval and distribution in Question Period Wednesday, while facing questions from Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole over the failed vaccine collaboration with China’s CanSino Biologics. He said although the deal with CanSino fell through the government secured “the broadest range” of vaccine potentials.
Section 1 — the reasonable limits clause — says the government has the authority to limit rights and freedoms if it is “demonstrably justified.”
Alberta doctors not convinced newest restrictions will be effective enough
Alberta’s newest restrictions aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 might not be enough given the current surge of infections, concerned doctors said Wednesday.
The severe lack of information about the sources of transmission is one of the greatest reasons for this concern. Without knowing where thousands of new cases are sourced, the government’s restrictions could miss the mark, said Dr. Lynora Saxinger, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Alberta.
Restaurants will not police new ‘household only’ dining rules; will leave it to customers to be honest
Alberta restaurant owners will not be policing their tables to ensure that all diners are members of the same household, leaving it instead up to diners themselves to be honest and adhere to the latest public-health restrictions.
Those in the industry say restaurant staff cannot be expected to police who patrons come in with, or interrogate diners about their relationship to each other.
“As a restaurateur, it’s not really our place to say ‘who is this person with you?’” said Chad McCormick, who is a partner with the TMAC Pub and Restaurant Group, a family of nine Calgary pubs including the Bank & Baron on Stephen Avenue. “We’re ultimately going to have to lean on everyone coming in to be listening to the Premier and saying ‘it is up to all of us to do this.’ There’s just no other way to do it.”
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City restores local state of emergency as COVID-19 cases rise in Calgary
The City of Calgary has declared a new state of local emergency following public health measures announced Tuesday by the province.
It’s the second time since the pandemic began that the city has taken this step. It last declared a state of emergency in March, which ended in June.
A state of local emergency gives the the head of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency to make orders that are implemented right away. It could also help the city restock pandemic supplies and access funding from other levels of government.
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"It’s something we’ve always done and it’s not a snitch line, it’s not a crazy East German society. It’s just how society works.”— Sammy Hudes (@SammyHudes)
As of Tuesday, there were 3,884 active COVID-19 cases within the City of Calgary, according to Alberta Health. The city has recorded 17,106 cases of the virus since March and 169 people have died.
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Province readies 400 more COVID-19 ICU beds as Alberta death toll reaches 500
With COVID-19 cases continuing to surge in Alberta and the virus’s death toll hitting 500, the province is readying 400 more ICU beds to handle the expected growth in serious infections, the province’s top doctor said Wednesday.
Alberta hospitals have also now exceeded a benchmark of 70 full acute care COVID-19 beds with 71 such patients — an increase of five over Tuesday.
It’s crossed a threshold “where we’d be crossing into territory where we’d be impacting other patients’ care,” said Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw.
“Unfortunately the way that (extra) space is made available is winding down care for people who can wait a little longer for it,” she said.
Alberta hits 500 deaths from COVID-19, reports 1,265 new cases
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, gave an update on the province’s COVID-19 numbers at 3:30 p.m.
- 1,265 new cases on ~15,600 tests; ~8.1% positivity rate
- Nine new deaths; 500 total
- 355 in hospital; 71 in ICU
- 13,719 active cases
- Hinshaw said AHS will make more than 2,000 acute care beds and up to 400 ICU beds available to patients with COVID-19
- Active alerts or outbreaks in 348 schools, 15% of schools in province; 1,207 active cases in these schools
- 179 schools with outbreaks; 71 on watch list with five or more cases
These steps will ensure there is sufficient capacity to meet needs of health system, Hinshaw said.
More specific info on changes to come in days ahead from AHS.— Jason Herring (@jasonfherring)
For pediatrics and NICU, as well as critical care, up to two designated people are permitted.
In end-of-life situations, one designated person is permitted, with others allowed if pre-arranged with site or unit.— Jason Herring (@jasonfherring)
Dean also asked whether we have enough staff for this.
Hinshaw said province has supported staff with appropriate PPE, reployment, etc. Said staffing is a consideration in making beds available.— Jason Herring (@jasonfherring)
You can watch the update below.
The 5 major differences between 'Selena: The Series' and the 1997 biopic starring Jennifer Lopez .
While both focused on the life of late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, there are several key differences between the show and movie.