COVID-19 Update: 108 new cases, two additional deaths | No solution yet for Edmonton’s mask exemption card program

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No solution yet for Edmonton’s mask exemption card program, two weeks after distribution halted

A City of Edmonton mask exemption card. Photo by David Bloom /Postmedia

The City of Edmonton is scrambling to find a path forward for mask exemption cards, two weeks after distribution was abruptly halted due to significant abuse of the program.

Interim city manager Adam Laughlin told city councillors during a COVID-19 update Thursday afternoon that the program may be dissolved if a solution can’t be found.

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Hinshaw aims to calm nerves ahead of school re-entry; 108 new COVID-19 cases reported

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw. Photo by Chris Schwarz /Government of Alberta

In less than a week, most Alberta grade schools will reopen their doors for students, but Alberta’s top doctor understands COVID-19 looms large over the return to the classroom.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw tried to assuage anxieties from parents and teachers about the return at her twice-weekly update on the novel coronavirus, reiterating that protocols in place should be able to stamp out virus spread in most situations.

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108 new cases, two additional deaths

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

  • 108 new cases on 10,089 tests
  • Two new deaths; 237 Albertans have died from the virus
  • 49 in hospital; 7 in ICUs
  • 1,158 active cases province-wide; 375 in Calgary zone

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