Positive case of COVID-19 confirmed at Chinook High School

Positive case of COVID-19 confirmed at Chinook High School

The list of Calgary and area schools with COVID-19 cases expanded Wednesday, with at least 13 schools in Calgary that have sent out a note informing parents and guardians of COVID-19 cases.

Alberta Health Services conducted more than 11,000 tests those four days, including 12,561 on Monday - the highest daily total so far.

In Edmonton, schools with cases - but not outbreaks - include Archbishop MacDonald High School, Louis St. Laurent, École Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc and Ross Sheppard High, a public school in northwest Edmonton that has sent almost 100 students into isolation.

An investigation indicates the transmission was not acquired at school.

The first case was reported at Henry Wise Wood on Tuesday.

She said she's concerned with the rise in case numbers across the province.

In other parts of Alberta, Raymond High School in Raymond and Lawrence Grassi Middle School in Canmore are also dealing with individual cases.

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"The health and safety of our staff, students, and community is paramount. We need to be nimble and continue adapting our approaches bases on emerging evidence and the needs of schools and students".

The province said the student attended the school for a limited time on Tuesday and was asymptomatic.

The risk is now being assessed as low, due to physical distancing being maintained at the school, and the mask being worn.

If there are two or more confirmed cases in your school setting (staff/child) within a 14-day period (one incubation period) or two or more confirmed cases (staff/child) that are epidemiologically linked.

"This is a very disturbing trend just days into the school year", Hoffman said.

"However, if we had been in person at this time we would have had to revert back to remote learning until we were confident the outbreak was contained", Lind said in an email to the Northwest Herald.

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