Alberta reports 153 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths

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Edmonton Public Schools reported another student at Vimy Ridge Academy tested positive, bringing the total to seven. About seven other students and two staff members have to self-isolate.

Vimy, along with Centre High, Highlands School and Austin O’Brien remain on the province’s watch list for having more than five cases. The province is also watching 10 other schools that have reported from two to four cases.

These include Ross Sheppard High School, Holy Trinity, Parkview, McNally, Ecole Pere-Lacombe, Waverly, Riverbend, Harry Ainlay, Bishop Savaryn and Louis St. Laurent.

Alberta Health Services considers a school to have an outbreak when there are two or more cases at one site within 14 days.

Meanwhile, Loblaws reported two staff members testing positive at Shoppers Drug Mart stores at Woodview Drive and Falsbridge Drive. The company said the employee at the Woodview location last worked on Sept. 23 while the Falsbridge location employee last worked on Sept. 19.

A total of 105,358 cases of COVID-19 and 9,254 fatalities have been reported across the country, according to the Canadian Press. More than 6.9 million tests have been run.

Globally, there are more than 31 million cases and more than 973,600 deaths from COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Thursday a second wave of COVID-19 has not hit Alberta despite the prime minister’s declaration on Wednesday of its arrival in the country’s four biggest provinces.

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