School Division details outbreak at Lethbridge high school

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Alberta Health Services declares COVID-19 outbreaks at two southern Alberta schools

Another five Albertans have died as a result of COVID-19 as the province added 113 new cases of the disease.

She explains that while the reporting has some caveats, she believes that only reporting those cases where someone was in a school setting while infectious removes a lot of guesswork for concerned parents.

They say staff or students who have had direct contact with those people with COVID-19 will be contacted.

It suggests 23 schools have had cases - including eight in Calgary and four in Edmonton - based on recent letters and emails sent to parents.

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As of Wednesday (Sept 9) the Lethbridge School Division received notice there is an outbreak of COVID-19 at Chinook High School.

"COVID losses do remind us why we are living with public health measures", said Hinshaw.

Almost six months since COVID-19 sent the province into lockdown, Alberta's chief medical officer of health is expected to provide yet another update on the pandemic.

In a statement, Alberta Health Services said they were working directly with the schools to limit risk of spread. Edmonton is under Alberta Health's watch with a 53.1-active case rate per 100,000 people.

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Those schools have a detailed physical-distancing plan that includes having only one cohort in a hallway at one time.

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

"We are acting out of an abundance of caution by treating two cases who are in a school while infectious within a 14-day span as an outbreak, even when the cases are within one family".

Similarly, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, said there was no flawless way for the province to relaunch - and no matter the levels of protection implemented, some cases will occur.

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"We knew kids would be back in schools for months and the government has done nothing to plan for it", she said.

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