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Community, schools adjacent to Henry Wise Wood High School left in dark about outbreak
One day after it launched a new website to improve transparency about the spread of COVID-19 in schools, Alberta Health Services took nearly 24 hours to post information about an outbreak at Henry Wise Wood High School.
AHS officials say they will update the new “online map” listing all of Alberta’s outbreaks by 3:30 p.m. every school day, adding that the priority remains with informing staff and students at the school first.
But families continue to raise concerns about government transparency and safety in schools after Wise Wood was joined by two other Alberta schools in declaring outbreaks Thursday, including St. Wilfrid Elementary School in Calgary and Chinook High School in Lethbridge.
Alberta reports five more COVID-19 deaths, 113 new cases
Five more Albertans, including a man in his 20s, have died from COVID-19, according to the latest update on the pandemic in the province.
The man in the Edmonton area had chronic health conditions, said the province’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw.
113 new cases, five more deaths
Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Indoor hot tubs and saunas are allowed to open
- 113 new cases on 9,711 tests
- 1,494 active cases province-wide
- 43 in hospital; 7 in ICUs
- 5 additional deaths; 253 total
- 24 cases at 21 different schools “while infectious,” Hinshaw says
- Three confirmed school outbreaks: Henry Wise Wood, St. Wilfrid in Calgary and Chinook School in Lethbridge
- The outbreak map will be updated weekdays, Hinshaw says, with information they have confirmed that morning
- AHS did a study of 23,000 samples for other respiratory illnesses originally collected between Dec. 1, 2019 and March 7, 2020 and found only one case of COVID-19 in a sample dated Feb. 24
- That person had travelled abroad and was originally tested for the influenza
- Albertans can now get notifications on their COVID-19 test results, positive or negative, via text message or autodialler; you can select this notification option when you book your test appointment
- One of the deaths reported Thursday was an Edmonton man in his 20s; Hinshaw said it is to her understanding that he did have chronic conditions
You can watch the full update below.