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School outbreak map launched today

Wednesday, 09 September 2020. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

School outbreak map launched today

School outbreak map launched today

South zone Covid-19 update
Compiled by Shannon Robison, publisher

A new school outbreak map was launched today to provide information about cases of Covid-19 in Alberta’s K-12 schools. It can be found at https://bit.ly/2FeS3FR and identifies schools with two or more confirmed cases.

Outbreaks are declared when two or more confirmed cases are identified in a school setting, within a 14-day period, where the disease could have been acquired or transmitted in a school.

Alerts are issued by individual schools when an infectious case is identified. These alerts are sent directly by the schools and are not currently included on the map.

An outbreak will be declared over when there have been no new confirmed cases in a school for 28 days.

None of the 16 schools reported as having confirmed cases of Covid-19 meet the outbreak threshold so, as of today, no schools are listed on the map.

“In a school context, there is risk for students and staff only when an infectious person has been present that they may have come in contact with,” says Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health. 

“The best way to assess the safety of schools is to track and monitor the number of cases and schools where an infectious case was present, as well as schools where transmission has happened on that site. Other numbers are not relevant to school transmission risk and simply cause confusion and anxiety.”

She notes that some alerts go out before the public health followup is complete and it may turn out the infected person was not, in fact, at the school while infectious and this may lead to a discrepancy in the numbers. If needed in the future, the map will show schools that have shifted to Scenario 2 or 3 to protect the health of students.

“Focusing on the official numbers and situations where a risk of exposure has been identified is the best way to understand what is really happening in schools,” says Dr. Hinshaw.

School cases identified so far have all come from community transmission, not through transmission within the schools. 

“The more cases we see in the community, the more likely we are to see Covid-19 in schools,” she reminds us.

In total, 15,191 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Alberta. Today’s update includes 98 new cases confirmed from 10,500 tested.

The provincial recovery rate is about 88 per cent as 13,358 have recovered from the virus.

The number of active cases in Alberta has decreased to 1,585. 

To date, there have been 248 Covid-19 related deaths in Alberta, with one new death reported today.

There are 45 people hospitalized, with seven in intensive care.

South Zone Information – 1,772 cases 45 active 

1,702 people (about 96 per cent of confirmed south zone cases) have recovered from Covid-19. 

Twenty-five people have died since the onset of the pandemic in March. 

There is currently one person hospitalized in the south zone and there are no active outbreaks.

Community Breakdown for Wednesday, Sept. 9

Data is up-to-date as of midnight Sept. 8

* Indicates a change in statistics since the last report

Pincher Creek Region (26 total) – 0 active, 25 recovered, 1 death

Crowsnest Pass (2 total) – 0 active, 2 recovered

Fort Macleod (33 total) – 0 active, 30 recovered, 3 deaths

Cardston County/Kainai (104 total) – 3 active, 96 recovered, 5 deaths

I.D. Waterton (0) 

Lethbridge (163 total) – 18 active, 143 recovered, 2 deaths
* 1 new active

Lethbridge County (41 total) – 10 active, 31 recovered
* 3 new active

County of Warner (62 total) – 4 active, 57 recovered, 1 death
* 1 new active

MD of Taber (39 total) – 0 active, 39 recovered

City of Brooks (1,129 total) – 3 active, 1,117 recovered, 9 deaths

County of Newell (32 total) – 0 active, 30 recovered, 2 deaths

County of Forty Mile (24 total) – 3 active, 21 recovered

Cypress County (31 total) – 0 active, 31 recovered

Medicine Hat (72 total) – 3 active, 67 recovered, 2 deaths

Oyen (13 total) – 0 active, 13 recovered

*** Pincher Creek Region includes the Town of Pincher Creek; MD of Pincher Creek and its hamlets of Beaver Mines, Lowland Heights, Lundbreck, Pincher Station and Twin Butte; the Village of Cowley and Piikani Nation.

All Covid-positive cases are followed up urgently by Alberta Health Services. If you have a positive test, you will be contacted directly by AHS. The Communicable Disease Control team does confidential contact tracing and follows stringent guidelines to determine who is considered a close contact. Those people will be contacted directly.

If you have a positive test, you are not expected to do your own contact tracing and are discouraged from doing so as many factors determine who is considered to be a close contact.

If you have not been contacted by AHS, you are not considered to be a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case.

Residents are to continue following all public health orders and gathering restrictions:

  • Minimum mandatory isolation for 14 days for anyone who is a close contact of someone with Covid-19, or who return to, or entered Alberta from outside of Canada
  • Minimum mandatory isolation for 10 days for anyone who has a confirmed case of Covid-19 or symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition: cough, fever, shortness or breath, runny nose or sore throat
  • Gatherings are limited to 50 people for indoor social events (such as weddings and funerals), 100 for outdoor social events and indoor seated/audience events, and 200 for audience-type community outdoor events.
  • No additional measures are currently in place but people are to continue maintaining physical distancing of two metres from people outside of one’s own household or cohort and to continue practising good hand hygiene.
  • The province’s relaunch status map can be viewed at COVID-19 relaunch status map | alberta.ca

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