A total of 22 Calgary schools are facing a COVID-19 outbreak, five of which are under a watch.
The Province of Alberta’s website shows that Lester B. Pearson High School, Saddle Ridge School, Apostles of Jesus, Glenmeadows Achool, St. Benedict School, Monsignor E.L. Doyle Elementary School, Peter Lougheed School, Vista Heights School, Monterey Park School, Our Lady of the Assumption School, King George School, Central Memorial High School, Ecole La Mosaique, John G Diefenbaker High School, Rundle School, Connaught School, and Janus Academy are all seeing an outbreak of two to four known cases of coronavirus.
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According to the province, an outbreak is defined as two or more detected cases.
All 17 of these schools remain open “with near normal operations with some public health measures,” the province states.
An outbreak of this size also means that parents may have received an alert from the school and that Alberta Health Services could be working with the schools.
Five other Calgary schools, St. Wilfred Elementary School, Clarence Sansom School, Nelson Mandela High School, and Canyon Meadows School, are under a watch, meaning that there have been five or more cases “where the disease could have been acquired or transmitted in the school.”
A “watch” means that the school remains open but is being monitored by the province and Alberta Health Service. Additional health measures may be in place to control the spread of coronavirus within the school.
These five are the only schools in Calgary to sit above five known cases, though Edmonton has 12 schools under watch and outbreaks at a total of 23.