Dr. Hinshaw shares COVID-19 update for September 14

Henrietta Strickland
September 15, 2020

Contact tracing is being done to also figure out if the virus was contracted or spread in schools.

"Public Health staff are investigating to determine who may have been exposed at your school to cases of COVID-19during their infectious period", said the letters dated September 13, 2020.

For now, the exclusion guidelines are broad to minimize risk of transmission and to evaluate the public health definition of what constitutes a close contact, she said.

"Our goal is to keep transmission as low as possible but we can not prevent it entirely without imposing restrictions that themselves have harmful impacts".

"Living with COVID-19 means seeking balance between limiting the harms of COVID and limiting the harms of COVID restrictions", she said.

Health officials reported 42 cases linked to 35 schools where someone was in the building while infectious.

About 21 of those schools are in Calgary and at least six are in Edmonton.

"We need to look at not just the number of cases, but where the cases are being spread, who is impacted by the cases", she said.

The province's top doctor will be providing another update on Alberta's response to the COVID-19 pandemic later today. "The small actions and simple choices each of us makes every day will be crucial to limiting the spread in schools and across communities in the days and weeks ahead", she posted.

After more than 50,000 tests, 105 Albertans tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, 173 on Saturday and 140 on Sunday.

"This has never been our goal to reach this level on a daily basis".

Of those, 1,444 remain active, including 560 in the Alberta Health Services' Calgary zone.

What it does show is the dedication to help reduce lab testing turnaround times. Of the active cases, 37 are being treated in hospital and seven of those are in intensive care.

Since March Alberta has reported 15,833 cases, 14,041 recoveries and 254 deaths.

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