What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Tuesday, July 28

Family members of residents at Millrise Seniors Village in Calgary are expressing their frustration over the premier's photo-op at the beleaguered long-term care home on Friday.

Calgary doctor says 'dramatic' 40% drop in preterm births during lockdown could be global trend

One person has tested positive for the coronavirus at A. B. Lucas Secondary School in London, according to the Thames Valley District School Board. (NIAID Integrated Research Facility/Reuters)

The latest:

  • The Calgary Catholic School District confirmed today that a student attending summer classes tested positive for COVID-19. Premier Jason Kenney says one positive case should not impede the province's plans to reopen all schools in the fall.
  • A COVID-19 outbreak at the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre in Edmonton has claimed three more lives.
  • Banff votes to make masks mandatory in indoor public spaces and outdoors along main street.
  • Two more people have died due to COVID-19 in the province.
  • Alberta reported 80 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total active cases to 1,397, down from 1,430 the day before.
  • There are 88 people in hospital, 16 of whom are in intensive care. 
  • 'The curve is no longer flat in Alberta,' Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, said Monday. 'The truth is … that COVID-19 is still here.'
  • A Calgary doctor says a 'dramatic' 40 per cent drop in preterm births during the COVID-19 lockdown could be global trend. 

What you need to know today in Alberta:

Edmonton city council will consider a temporary bylaw that would impose $100 fines for people who don't wear masks in any indoor public places starting on Aug. 1.

Masks will be mandatory in the town of Banff's indoor public spaces, as well as outside along Banff Avenue — the town's main street — starting Friday. Town council voted unanimously to pass the bylaw on Monday.

The Town of Okotoks is looking at requiring masks be worn inside municipal facilities and transit. The final vote on the issue is expected Aug. 17.

Speaking Monday, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, reminded Albertans that their individual actions do not only affect themselves. 

"When we don't take simple everyday precautions, we let one another down. When we have the mindset that the virus can't touch us or if it does, all that matters is we will personally recover, we let one another down. And that's not how Albertans are," she said.

"We have shown time and again that we are here to lift one another up. It is within our control to get our case numbers moving in a positive direction. We can get back to where we were just a month ago when we moved forward with relaunch because our active case numbers were low."

Family members of residents at Millrise Seniors Village in Calgary are expressing their frustration over the premier's photo-op at the beleaguered long-term care home on Friday. 

The effects of the virus are hanging over the Calgary Board of Education as it prepares for September classes with no additional funding to deal with COVID-19. 

Board chair Marilyn Dennis says the CBE did get more money this year compared with last under a new model, but is still below 2018-19 levels and has considerably more students. 

The regional breakdown of active cases and hospitalizations across the province as of Tuesday was:

  • Calgary zone: 710 cases, 19 in hospital.
  • Edmonton zone: 276 cases, 25 in hospital.
  • Central zone: 156 cases, 21 in hospital.
  • South zone: 140 cases, 15 in hospital.
  • North zone: 107 cases, 8 in hospital.
  • Unknown: 8 cases.

What you need to know today in Canada:

As more regions across the country — including Calgary — adopt mandatory masking policies, some anti-masking groups are joining forces with anti-vaccination proponents and adopting their techniques to spread misinformation and amplify their message

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians could get a tax break for working from home during the pandemic. Tax experts are calling on the government to clarify the rules for the "work-space-in-the-home" deduction.

You can claim it if you work from home more than 50 per cent of the time, or if you have a separate home office and use it to meet clients.

As of 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Canada had 114,597 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases. Provinces and territories listed 99,860 of the cases as recovered or resolved. A CBC News tally based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC's reporting indicates that 8,936 Canadians have died.

Self-assessment and supports:

Alberta Health Services has an online self-assessment tool that you can use to determine if you have symptoms of COVID-19, but testing is open to anyone, even without symptoms. 

The province says Albertans who have returned to Canada from other countries must self-isolate. Unless your situation is critical and requires a call to 911, Albertans are advised to call Health Link at 811 before visiting a physician, hospital or other health-care facility.

If you have symptoms, even mild, you are to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms, until the symptoms have disappeared. 

You can find Alberta Health Services' latest coronavirus updates here.

The province also operates a confidential mental health support line at 1-877-303-2642 and addiction help line at 1-866-332-2322, available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. 

Online resources are available for advice on handling stressful situations and ways to talk with children.

There is a 24-hour family violence information line at 310-1818 to get anonymous help in more than 170 languages, and Alberta's One Line for Sexual Violence is available at 1-866-403-8000, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


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