COVID-19 Update: Parents concerned school COVID notices are too slow | Severe illness on the rise amid spike in cases: Tam

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Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said the number of Canadians experiencing severe illness is already on the rise amid a spike in cases that saw two provinces report new single-day highs Saturday.

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COVID-19 outbreak at Grande Prairie RCMP detachment continues

RCMP Cruiser. Postmedia, file

Grande Prairie RCMP detachment briefly closed it front counter last weekend before a dozen RCMP officers tested positive for COVID-19.

The front counter shut down in order to conduct a deep clean after two employees tested positive the previous Thursday. Front-counter service later re-opened Monday.

RCMP say police services have not been impacted at this time.

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France reports new record number of coronavirus cases

A firefighter collects a test sample at a walk-through coronavirus testing center in Marseille, southeastern France, on October 2, 2020. Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images

France on Saturday reported 45,422 new confirmed coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, a new record, after reporting 42,032 on Friday.

Health Ministry data also showed that 138 people had died from coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours.

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COVID-19 in Calgary schools

Coventry Hills School in northeast Calgary switched to online learning for one day last week because of staffing issues caused by new COVID-19 infections. Photo by Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia

The current survey of Calgary schools has six schools on watch status (five or more cases), and 17 at outbreak status (two to four cases), according to the Alberta government’s tracking site.

Since classes resumed in September, 113 Calgary schools have reported cases, although 43 schools haven’t had a new case in at least two weeks. Cases have also been confirmed in 13 schools in other communities in the Calgary AHS zone, including six in an elementary school in Airdrie, according to counts by Support Our Students.

Over seven days, Oct. 16-22, there have been 464 cases confirmed among school-age children in Alberta, according to AHS data. More than half (237) have been in the Edmonton AHS zone. The Calgary zone, which includes Okotoks, Airdrie, Chestermere, Canmore, Cochrane and Banff, has seen 190 cases.

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