COVID-19 Update: Alberta shifts asymptomatic testing strategy | Stress and fatigue of new school year ‘unsustainable’ for teachers: ATA survey

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The number of Calgary schools with outbreaks of two or more cases remains at seven. Twenty-four Calgary schools have reported at least one case since Aug. 31. The province has still not reported any evidence of transmission within a school.


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Alberta Teachers’ Association survey shows ‘unsustainable’ fatigue, stress and anxiety

Teachers greet students at Archbishop Joseph MacNeil Catholic School on the first day of school, amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 Photo by Greg Southam /Postmedia, file

Teachers say the stress and fatigue they’re experiencing this school year is “unsustainable,” a new survey finds.

In an Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) poll gauging the attitudes of 1,600 teachers towards public health guidelines in schools, a vast majority reported “extreme and unsustainable levels” of fatigue, stress and anxiety, at 94 per cent, 95 per cent and 81 per cent respectively. Teachers and school leaders were surveyed across the province Sept. 10-14.

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Alberta ends broad asymptomatic testing as flu season approaches; 146 new cases

People are seen waiting in line at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Richmond Road Diagnostics & Treatment Centre on Friday, July 17, 2020. Photo by Brendan Miller/Postmedia

Alberta is pressing pause on asymptomatic COVID-19 testing ahead of an expected surge in demand for tests this fall.

Provincial chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced the shift in Alberta’s testing approach Thursday, saying colder weather and the return of influenza season means the province must better focus its testing resources on symptomatic and high-risk individuals.

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Quarantine rules tightened in schools as COVID cases, outbreaks keep rising

A pedestrian wears a mask as they walk past the Western Canada High School sign in Calgary on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Some are concerned about the province's decision not to require masks for students returning to school in September. Gavin Young/Postmedia
A pedestrian wears a mask as they walk past the Western Canada High School sign in Calgary on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Some are concerned about the province’s decision not to require masks for students returning to school in September. Gavin Young/Postmedia Gavin Young/Postmedia

Parents of students facing the looming possibility of quarantine if someone in their class tests positive are asking why the rules keep changing, and whether it’s necessary to miss two weeks of school if a positive case was never less than two metres away.

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