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Pair of Alberta schools declare COVID-19 oubreaks, while 36 schools now have cases

Alberta Health Services has declared a pair of Alberta schools to have COVID-19 outbreaks.
Sept. 21 is the new first day back for students at Fort Vermilion Public School.

Alberta Health Services has declared a pair of Alberta schools to have COVID-19 outbreaks.

Chinook High School in Lethbridge, and Henry Wide Wood High School in Calgary have had COVID-19 outbreaks declared as 36 schools have tested positive for COVID-19 over the last week.

AHS said an outbreak is defined as two or more confirmed cases at the same school within 14 days. Chinook High School officials note it will remain open, based on advice from AHS.

Earlier this week, Fort Vermilion Public School in northern Alberta has been forced to delay the start of in-classroom learning by two weeks due to a case of COVID-19.

While 15 cases in Alberta schools were announced Monday, on Tuesday another dozen were announced. By Wednesday, this number had increased to 30 plus schools.

The school division said it was informed Monday that a staff member had tested positive for the virus. As many other employees are consiered close contacts, many of the staff have been directed to self-isolate for two weeks. It is expected that in-classroom learning will resume on Monday, Sept. 21.

Cases have also been announced at Ross Sheppard High, and at Archbishop MacDonald High School in Edmonton. Louis St. Laurent, a Catholic junior/senior high school in south Edmonton has tested positive for COVID-19, while another case was confirmed at École Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc. Several Calgary schools, including Divine Mercy Catholic Elementary, Bowness High School, Bridlewood School, St. Angela School, Lester B. Pearson High School, Notre Dame High School, St. Wilfrid Elementary School, St. Francis High School and Arbour Lake School have all announced cases.

Schools in Raymond and Canmore have also announced cases.