COVID-19 Update: Schools waiting on federal funding for safety measures | Lilydale plant to remain open amid outbreak

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Federal education funding still in limbo days before Alberta back-to-school

Hand sanitizers have been provided in the common areas in Henry Wise Wood High School on Friday, August 28, 2020. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

There is still no timeline for when school authorities will be able to access Alberta’s share of the $2 billion in federal funding pledged last week to support provincial school reopening plans.

The Alberta government said it had not yet received any of its $262.8 million cut of the funding announced Tuesday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with school districts in the province only days away from welcoming back students for the fall semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Given that the funding was suddenly announced on Tuesday, officials are still working out details on how this funding will be distributed to Alberta’s school authorities,” said Colin Aitchison, press secretary to Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, in a statement.

“At this point I cannot give a timeline as we have not received the funding from the Federal Government yet.”

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Calgary chicken processing plant will remain open after COVID-19 outbreak

Multiple workers have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Lilydale poultry plant in southeast Calgary. Photo by Postmedia Archives

The Sofina Foods/Lilydale poultry processing plant in Calgary will remain open despite a growing COVID-19 outbreak.

An Alberta Health official said Friday there had been 19 cases of the virus with 18 of them still considered active.

But an official with the company said the number is now higher than that.

“Alberta Health Services (AHS) confirmed that, after we encouraged all our employees to take a second test, 9 additional individuals tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This brings our total to 27 employees, all from the same shift,” said spokesperson Daniele Dufour said in an email to The Canadian Press.

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