Alberta teachers, school staff should be tested before classes start; Hinshaw

Henrietta Strickland
August 13, 2020

There are about 90,000 teachers and school staff members in the province, meaning it will take a monumental effort to test each one, said Hinshaw. She said they should also be tested regularly throughout the year. "Do not wait until the day before you are set to return to school".

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

"There is still no risk-free approach to living with COVID-19", she said.

Anyone with symptoms or who have been in contact with a known case can and should always get tested, she said.

Children should only be tested if they are symptomatic or have a pre-existing medical condition said Hinshaw. Of those, only 0.1 per cent have come back positive. Other measures such as increased sanitation, daily screening and reorganization of classrooms also play a part, and Hinshaw said she hopes to share new protocols in the coming days. "This testing shows that broad asymptomatic testing is not primarily useful in identifying a significant number of new cases".

August 5, 1,107 active cases. Areas of Alberta that have at least 10 cases and more than 50 cases per 100,000 people are placed under that classification.

There have been 121 new cases reported across Alberta since in the past 24 hours.

"If you feel completely well and have not been in contact with a confirmed case, we are just asking you to consider waiting until after September 1 to book a test".

Hospitalization remains low with 62 Albertans receiving treatment, including 14 in intensive care.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Alberta has been slowly declining over the past two weeks, according to data collected by Alberta Health.

8,024 people were tested for COVID-10 on August 11.

To date, 785,361 tests for COVID-19 have been carried out on 641,870 people.

With 426 active cases, the city of Edmonton has the most of any municipality in Alberta, and 153 more than Calgary's 273 active case count.

Alberta Health notes the centre reported the death yesterday but is included in the province's numbers today due to a delay in the reporting system.

There have been no deaths in Fort McMurray.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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