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COVID-19 cases confirmed at four more Calgary schools

COVID-19 cases have been confirmed at four more Calgary schools over the weekend.

Single cases have been diagnosed at the following schools, according to the advocacy group Save Our Students:

  • Glenmeadows School
  • Father Scollen School
  • Nelson Mandela High School
  • Mountain Park School

All schools continue to be open for in-person classes and efforts are underway to trace and inform contacts of the people infected.

In addition, a second case was confirmed at Canyon Meadows School on Sunday.

A total of 103 schools in Alberta have confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 33 in Calgary, according to Save Our Students. Fifty schools in Edmonton have reported cases.


Test reset: Why experts say you shouldn’t show up for COVID testing if you are asymptomatic

People line up at a COVID assessment centre in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Photo by Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

In the first wave of COVID-19 the goal of testing was to cast the net wide, to find hidden cases and get a feel, Queen’s University’s Dr. Gerald Evans says, “for how broadly based the infection was in our society.”

Experts pushed provinces like Ontario to increase testing from an insignificant 5,000 a day to get a better picture of the virus, and how many “susceptibles” remained among us.

Alberta and Ontario soon after opened up testing to anyone who would like to be tested, even if they had no symptoms or no known contacts to a confirmed case — the same people now straining overloaded pandemic testing systems.

Alberta announced Thursday it’s hitting the reset button, temporarily halting broad asymptomatic testing in anticipation of a fall surge in demand for tests as schools reopen and cold and flu viruses make their annual arrival.

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