COVID-19 Live Updates: Alberta announces third death, 40 new cases | More than 6,000 cases reported in Canada

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Alberta Coronavirus update

With news on COVID-19 happening rapidly, we’ve created this page to bring you our latest stories and information on cancellations in and around Calgary.

What is happening right now

    • Alberta has announced the third death. Forty new cases were announced, bringing the total to 661 provinces.
    • There were 6258 confirmed and suspected cases in Canada.
    • Trudeau said the government is investing an additional $ 7.5 million in the national Kids Help Phone program and an additional $ 9.5 million to United Way.
    • Alberta posted COVID-19, the latest number of patients online Saturday afternoon. The province has 79 new cases, no new deaths.
    • Alberta Education is cutting funds for education assistants, substitute teachers, busing and other services in the wake of COVID-19 shutdowns.
    • YMCA Calgary temporarily laid off nearly 1,400 staff Friday as the facility remains closed.
      President Trump is considering lockdown for New York and surrounding areas.
    • Ontario has 151 new cases since yesterday. The province further limits how many people can gather in groups.
    • Premier Jason Kenney announced further restrictions: The maximum size for the meeting is now reduced to 15 and all non-essential businesses must close; restaurants still be open for takeout.

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  • He also announced that no one will be evicted April 1 for non-payment of rent, lease freezing while Alberta was under a public health emergency, suspending late fees for missed rent and the landlord will be obliged to negotiate with the tenant payment plan.
  • Calgary city service closure order ‘personal care’, non-medical services, all playground (playground previously only belonged to the city were closed off) and a skate park, and prohibit organized and team sports in the public sphere.
  • The federal government launched a suite of programs for small and medium enterprises including wage subsidies 75%, $ 40K loan

Latest cancellations and closures

  • Red Arrow bus lines are suspending service in Alberta.
  • All non-essential businesses are to close in Alberta (restaurants will still be open for takeout).
  • The City of Calgary is limiting access to its Plus 15 network and closing the network on weekends. More details here.
  • All Calgary playgrounds and skateparks are closed.
  • The University of Calgary has postponed Spring Convocation until November 2020.
  • Parks Canada closed parks to visitor traffic Wednesday; vehicle traffic to provincial parks now restricted.
  • Canmore is posting signs at the entrances to the town to discourage visitors.
  • All Grade 6 and 9 provincial achievement tests and Grade 12 diploma exams are canceled.
  • Calgary Transit is reducing the frequency of trains and buses due to decreased demand.

7:00 p.m.

CBE support staff face layoffs upon spring break return

The Calgary Board of Education says it’s still assessing the effects of a $128-million cut to provincial education funding that’s expected to force the layoffs of 6,000 substitute teachers and upwards of 20,000 support staff provincewide.

The Alberta government announced the reduction Saturday, two days before spring break ended for most Calgary public school students who will begin online learning at home due to COVID-19 regulations.

CBE chair Marilyn Dennis said the local board is still determining the extent of the cuts.

5:30 p.m.

Third Albertan dies, 40 new cases announced

An 80-year-old Calgary woman is the third Albertan to have died from COVID-19.

The provincial government announced Sunday in its daily update that a woman from the Calgary zone has died from COVID-19, while the total number of confirmed cases rose by 40, bringing the provincial total to 661.

According to the government, up to 60 of the 661 cases may be the result of community spread. Of the 661, there are 73 cases that have been confirmed recovered and 41 hospitalizations including 14 patients in intensive care.

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