Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Calgary today

Mar 30 2020, 4:15 pm

New info about COVID-19 comes out nationally and locally every day.

We’re putting together Calgary’s and Canada’s top headlines for you on the daily.

You can also see all the headlines in real-time here.

Top COVID-19 stories for March 30, as of 5 pm MST:  

Employers whose revenue decreased by 30% due to COVID-19 eligible for wage subsidy: Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that businesses impacted by COVID-19, no matter the size, will be eligible for wage subsidy if revenue has decreased by at least 30%.

On Monday morning, during his daily updates, Trudeau shared further details on the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy introduced last week.

Initially, the federal government said it would increase its wage subsidy for small and medium-sized businesses to 75% to avoid layoffs.

According to Trudeau, this move will be backdated to March 15, and will be in place for up to three months.

Here’s how Alberta’s 690 coronavirus cases break down by region

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Alberta harder than most other Canadian provinces with the exception of BC, Quebec, and Ontario, seeing a total of 690 confirmed cases as of 4:30 pm on March 30.

The majority of the province’s cases have been found in Calgary, with 422 confirmed.

Alberta cuts K-12 funding until classes are back in session

The Province of Alberta announced on Saturday that it is cutting funding for K-12 programs while cancelling contracts for substitute teachers, educational assistants, transportation, and other staff that is considered non-essential for home learning.

“COVID-19 has changed both how we provide student learning, and the operational needs of the education system,” stated Education Minister Adriana LaGrange in a press release.

“I want to stress that this is a temporary arrangement as schools focus on at-home learning. I have full confidence the system will continue to be equipped to successfully deliver our education continuity plan.”

Alberta just announced 5 new coronavirus deaths

The Government of Alberta just announced five new coronavirus-related deaths.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw made the announcement at a 4:30 pm press conference Monday, stating that Alberta had more than doubled its number of deaths from the total of three seen on Sunday to eight as of March 30.

29 new known cases of coronavirus confirmed in Alberta as total hits 690

The Province of Alberta issued new COVID-19 numbers at a press conference on Monday.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said that Alberta has seen 29 new known cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

This brings the province’s known total to 690.