Chris Akkerman, Crescent Heights schools declare COVID-19 outbreaks; 171 new cases in Alberta

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Five other Calgary schools have outbreaks of two or more cases: Notre Dame High School, Lester B. Pearson High School, Henry Wise Wood High School, Auburn Bay School and St. Wilfrid Elementary School.

The latter school is the only in Calgary currently under ‘watch’ status, meaning five or more cases have been discovered among the school population. However, Alberta Health said Tuesday there was not yet evidence of in-school transmission at St. Wilfrid.

Meanwhile, Mount Royal University announced Wednesday a person who had been on their campus last week had tested positive for COVID-19.

“We have been in contact with AHS and partner agencies to facilitate notification to other members of the MRU community who were in direct contact with this person,” the school said in a news release. “This individual has also notified individuals where there was direct contact.”

MRU said it is concerning but unsurprising that there is a case confirmed on campus, adding it is realistic to expect more cases during the semester despite best efforts of officials.

Active cases stay steady as 171 new cases announced

Alberta reported 171 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, a count that kept the total number of active cases in the province relatively flat.

There are 1,495 active cases of the coronavirus in Alberta, up from 1,491 Tuesday. A total of 16,128 Albertans have now tested positive for the virus.

More than two-thirds of the new cases came from the Alberta Health Services Edmonton zone, which added 119 infections. The region has the most active cases in the province with 710; the AHS Calgary zone has 507.

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