Calgary school added to ‘watch’ list as Alberta adds 124 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

Alberta recorded 124 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday but there were no additional deaths.

The positive cases reported Tuesday are a result of 12,985 coronavirus tests completed on Monday.

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For the first time, a school was added to the province’s “watch” list. St. Wilfrid Elementary School in Calgary moved into the watch category on Tuesday.

The watch status in a school means an outbreak has been declared with five or more cases of COVID-19 where the disease could have been acquired or transmitted in the school.

The watch status means the school will remain open, but the province will monitor the risk and work with the school, school board and Alberta Health Services to address the situation.

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The change in status comes one day after the province’s chief medical officer of health said there had been no evidence up until Monday to suggest transmission within any of the schools that had identified cases.

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“This means that the virus was brought into the school, rather than being spread inside,” Hinshaw said Monday.

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Active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta dropped slightly from 1,538 on Monday to 1,491 on Tuesday, according to the province.

Of the active cases Tuesday, 650 are in the Edmonton zone, 540 are in the Calgary zone, 223 are in the North zone, 36 are in the Central zone, 33 are in the South zone and nine are not tied to any specific part of the province.

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As of Tuesday afternoon, 39 people were in hospital with COVID-19, seven of whom were being treated in intensive care.

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Alberta’s chief medical officer of health is expected to deliver her next in-person update on COVID-19 on Thursday afternoon.

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