Chief Medical Officer of Health recommends testing for all Alberta school staff

Henrietta Brewer
August 14, 2020

On Wednesday, Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw encouraged all teachers and staff of K-12 schools to get tested before the new school year starts in roughly three weeks.

Hinshaw said that this increased testing is only one measure being used to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

Due to the testing capacity in the province, Hinshaw is asking Albertains who do not have symptoms and have not been in contact with someone who has tested positive to delay their testing until after September 1.

The largest spike in active cases was seen in the Edmonton region, which jumped from 401 to 470 over the past day.

"This is because in students, our priority is to make testing available to all those with ongoing mild symptoms that may mimic COVID-19, such as allergies", she said.

The County of Forty Mile has 19 total cases, six active cases and 13 recovered.

The Calgary zone has 314 active cases.

There are now 1,036 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, down eight cases from Wednesday.

The other two deaths were of a man in his 90s at the Heimstaed Seniors Lodge in La Crete, about 670 kilometres north of Edmonton, and another man in his 90s who lived in the Central zone and was not connected to any continuing-care site. Hinshaw said one in seven Albertans have been tested.

A total of 58 cases were linked to the hospital, including staff, patients, people who have been discharged, deaths, and patients in the community.

The City of Lethbridge has a total of 143 cases.

"This testing shows that broad, asymptomatic testing isn't primarily useful in identifying new cases, but it can aid the response against COVID-19 as it does help track the virus".

The figures on are "up-to-date as of end of day August 11, 2020". There are 1,314 recovered cases and there have been 20 COVID-19 deaths in the province.

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