COVID-19 Update: 1,076 new cases Wednesday | Air Canada mandates vaccination for all employees | B.C. brings back mandatory indoor masking – Calgary Herald

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Cars are directed into the drive thru COVID-19 testing centre at the Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment centre in Calgary on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.   Gavin Young/Postmedia
Cars are directed into the drive thru COVID-19 testing centre at the Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment centre in Calgary on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. Gavin Young/Postmedia Gavin Young/Postmedia

With news on COVID-19 happening rapidly, we’ve created this page to bring you our latest stories and information on the outbreak in and around Calgary.

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Alberta reports more than 1,000 cases for first time since May

Alberta reported a net one-day total of 1,076 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

It was the first time since May 15 that Alberta topped 1,000 new cases in a single day.

The positive cases came on 11,747 tests, for a positivity rate of ~9.2 per cent.

Here are today’s #COVID19AB stats:

-1,076 net new cases

-1 new death (total now 2,356)

-284 currently in hospital, 59 in ICU (yesterday: 258 in hospital, 57 in ICU)

-8,496 active cases (up from 7,931)

-11,747 tests conducted (~9.2% positive)#yyc #yeg

— Jason Herring (@jasonfherring) August 25, 2021

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New cases by vaccine status (percentage):

-Fully vaccinated: 20.9%

-Partially vaccinated: 9.6%

-Unvaccinated: 69.5%

New cases by vaccine status (per 100,000):

-Fully vaccinated: 8.7

-Partially vaccinated: 32.7

-Unvaccinated: 49.4#COVID19AB #yyc #yeg

— Jason Herring (@jasonfherring) August 25, 2021

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Air Canada mandates COVID-19 vaccination for all employees

Grounded Air Canada planes sit on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.
Grounded Air Canada planes sit on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Photo by Submitted photo

Air Canada said on Wednesday it would require all employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, as the fast-spreading Delta variant drives an increase in infections.

The move by Canada’s largest carrier was in line with a government mandate that workers in the transportation sector be vaccinated by the end of October and follows similar moves by other major companies, including United Airlines.

Workers who are not vaccinated by Oct. 30 will face termination or be sent on unpaid leave, Air Canada said. It has also made full vaccination a condition of employment for new employees.

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‘Just an excuse’: China lambastes U.S. intelligence report on origins of COVID-19 pandemic

This file photo taken on Feb. 16, 2020 shows a doctor looking at an image as he checks a patient who is infected by the COVID-19 at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan, China. A classified U.S. intelligence report delivered to the White House on Aug. 24, 2021 was inconclusive on the origins of the pandemic, in part due to a lack of information from China.
This file photo taken on Feb. 16, 2020 shows a doctor looking at an image as he checks a patient who is infected by the COVID-19 at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan, China. A classified U.S. intelligence report delivered to the White House on Aug. 24, 2021 was inconclusive on the origins of the pandemic, in part due to a lack of information from China. Photo by STR/AFP

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Beijing rolled out a multipronged attack on U.S. intelligence agencies on Wednesday after President Joe Biden received a long-anticipated intelligence report that is reported to be inconclusive about the origins of the novel coronavirus.

China Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin accused the United States of using coronavirus origin-tracing to suppress other countries, and called the report political instead of scientific. He also pushed back against criticism from U.S. officials that China has obstructed international efforts to get information about the earliest days of the pandemic.

“The United States says it lacks information from China,” Wang said at the ministry’s daily news conference, according to the state-run China News service. “I can tell the United States that this is just an excuse to cover up the failure of its intelligence in origin tracing.”

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COVID restrictions reinstated in B.C., Quebec and Manitoba as cases surge in some areas

People attend a demonstration against COVID-19 measures put in place by the Quebec government, in Montreal on Aug. 21, 2021.
People attend a demonstration against COVID-19 measures put in place by the Quebec government, in Montreal on Aug. 21, 2021. Photo by Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press/File

Some provinces were doubling down Tuesday with mask and vaccination requirements in an effort to bring down rising COVID-19 cases, while the Northwest Territories reported its first death related to the virus.

British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba all reintroduced mandatory face coverings in some settings.

Starting Wednesday, B.C. is bringing back a public health order requiring people to wear masks in all indoor public spaces — including malls, grocery stores and on transit — to try to curb the spread of infections fuelled primarily by the Delta variant.

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Tuesday

Three Calgary hospitals dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks as cases rise across the province

The exterior of Rockyview Hospital in Calgary on April 5, 2021.
The exterior of Rockyview Hospital in Calgary on April 5, 2021. Photo by Christopher Landry/Postmedia

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Three Calgary acute care centres are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks as cases and the number of alarms around Alberta’s healthcare system continue to rise.

The Foothills Medical Centre had an outbreak declared on August 18 after one patient tested positive. The Peter Lougheed Centre received the same designation three days earlier with one patient and one worker contracting the virus. Two units at the Rockyview General Hospital are in outbreaks after two patients on one unit at the facility tested positive on Aug. 17 and a patient and a staff member on another unit tested positive on Aug. 21.

The latest outbreaks come during a time when warnings are being raised over the province’s health care system capacity.

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Tuesday

Alberta reports 629 new cases, 7 deaths

Active cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the province, jumping by 154 in the past 24 hours to 7,931.

The last time active cases were this high was at the end of May, during the province’s third wave.

Hey Folks,

There’s some new #COVID19AB numbers out today.

629 new cases,

7,931 active cases,

258 in hospital,

57 people in ICU.

2 deaths recorded yesterday, 5 day prior.

— Dylan Short (@DylanShort_) August 24, 2021

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There are 14 more COVID patients in hospital, for a total of 258, including three more patients in ICU, for a total of 57.



Tuesday

Calgary Expo to require masks at September gathering

Batman poses for a photo with Captain America during the annual Parade of Wonders that kicks off the 2019 Calgary Comic Expo Friday, April 26, 2019.
Batman poses for a photo with Captain America during the annual Parade of Wonders that kicks off the 2019 Calgary Comic Expo Friday, April 26, 2019. Photo by Dean Pilling /Postmedia

Organizers of the Calgary Expo: Limited Edition say masks will be mandatory for attendees of the two-day fan event.

“Superheroes, to keep everyone in our community safe, masks will be mandatory at CALGARY EXPO: LIMITED EDITION,” read a message posted on Facebook. “They will need to cover your nose and mouth at all times except while eating and drinking while stationary.”

Normally held in the spring, the Expo is holding a smaller event with fewer tickets after cancelling altogether in 2020, and postponing the 2021 event.

The multi-day celebration of fan culture is the second most-attended event in Calgary after the Stampede.

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Tuesday

B.C. brings back mask mandate for all indoor spaces, including K-12 schools

B.C.’s mask mandate for indoor public spaces is back starting Wednesday, Aug. 25.
B.C.’s mask mandate for indoor public spaces is back starting Wednesday, Aug. 25. Photo by Francis Georgian /PNG

B.C. is re-introducing a mask mandate in indoor settings as fall approaches and COVID-19 cases continue to creep upwards.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry made the province-wide announcement on Tuesday, alongside education officials.

The new temporary health officer order, which starts Wednesday, will apply to people age 12 and older in most indoor public spaces, including malls, retail stores, and grocery stores.

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“This measure is needed to ensure these indoor settings are safe as they can be for all of us as we head to the fall,” said Henry.

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Parent group creates letter-writing tool raising COVID concerns for schools

Students at Stanley Jones School head into classes on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.
Students at Stanley Jones School head into classes on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Photo by Gavin Young/Postmedia

With COVID rates and hospitalizations surging as part of a fourth wave across Alberta, a provincial parent group has partnered with the Alberta Federation of Labour to help families push for stronger school safety measures.

Support Our Students, along with AFL, have created an easy-to-use letter writing tool at safeschoolsAB.ca for parents and community members to write their MLA or school board trustees — on the cusp of a municipal election — pushing for stricter COVID restrictions.

“Through years of chronic underfunding, plus deferred infrastructure updates, Alberta’s public schools need to be equipped with immediate and long-term mitigation measures to ensure every student can access a safe learning environment,” said Medeana Moussa, executive director for SOS.

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AMA calls for mandatory vaccine for healthcare workers

“I am writing to let you know about two decisions reached at a special meeting of the Board of Directors held on August 19.

– The AMA will table a proposal with government

– The AMA calls for mandatory vaccination for health care workers”

Learn more:https://t.co/ixnlUcn6iL

— Alberta Medical Association (AMA) (@Albertadoctors) August 24, 2021

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The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) says it wants to see mandatory vaccinations for all health-care workers in the province.

THe AMA, which represents doctors in the province, says the decision was made at a board meeting last Thursday.

“The AMA has taken a stance throughout the pandemic for strong public health measures and this includes vaccination,” reads a letter from AMA president Paul E. Boucher.

“The Board believes that continued leadership is important. Accordingly, we are making a public call for mandatory vaccination of all health-care workers.”

In his letter, Boucher says he understands not all member of the association will agree with the stance, but he defends the stance, saying vaccination “remains our most effective tool to keep our vulnerable patients safe and our best path out of the pandemic.”

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Tuesday

Vaccination requirements in B.C. not expected to impact high number of Alberta travellers

A masked server clears a table on a patio at a restaurant in Vancouver on April 2, 2021.
A masked server clears a table on a patio at a restaurant in Vancouver on April 2, 2021. Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Albertans will need to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to attend a myriad of events when visiting British Columbia, under new regulations announced in that province Monday.

B.C.’s introduction of a vaccine card for residents — to gain access to restaurants, clubs, sporting events and other activities — isn’t anticipated to impact the high number of Albertans who travel west to that province, a tourism expert says.

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Tuesday

Medicine Hat doctors calling for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for frontline health-care workers as hospital grapples with fatal outbreak

A group of doctors from Medicine Hat is calling on the province to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for health-care workers. Postmedia file photo.
A group of doctors from Medicine Hat is calling on the province to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for health-care workers. Postmedia file photo. Calgary Herald

A group of Medicine Hat physicians is calling on the province to implement a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for frontline health-care workers as the local hospital grapples with a fatal outbreak and infection rates climb provincewide.

There are 17 health-care workers at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital who have tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak that has also spread to five patients, as of Monday. To date, one death of a patient has been linked to this outbreak.

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