Case of COVID-19 confirmed in AHS North Zone

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Given the possibility of community spread, the Alberta government is cancelling all K-12 school classes and daycares until further notice. These materials will be distributed at all airports in the province.

"We know parents, students, and school officials are very concerned", she said.

To date there have been 10,524 negative results in the province, according to the Government of Alberta's website.

Provincial Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says provincial achievement tests will be cancelled this year, but Grade 12 diploma exams will go ahead.

Alberta Health tightened restrictions on Sunday when they announced school classes would be cancelled and religious gathering limited, after discovering the first indications of community spread of COVID-19 within the province.

This also marks the first time that cases have been seen in all zones in the province, with 52 in Calgary, 18 in Edmonton, two in the central zone, and one each in the north and south zones.

Visitors to long-term care and continuing care facilities should be restricted to only essential visits, said Hinshaw.

Doctors had called on the province to rethink the changes, particularly as the COVID-19 outbreak began to grow in Alberta. If defence counsel require an in-person meeting, they must contact the appropriate centre director. Those who received a summons to attend jury selection between March 16 and May 31 are released and do not need to attend.

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Telus Spark in Calgary was closed on Saturday.

As of 4:45 p.m., there were 441 coronavirus cases in Canada. Two city parks were temporarily closed for cleaning, but libraries and recreation centres stayed open. Albertans can visit www.albertacourts.ca/pc/resources/pay-fines to pay traffic tickets.

Provincial Court of Alberta information: https://www.albertacourts.ca/pc/home. Licensed daycare facilities, out-of-school programs and preschools were also ordered to close immediately. There are some approved day homes that are exempt due to the small number of children under their care. These programs are encouraged to use enhanced sanitation practices.

The government signalled to Canadians overseas on Saturday that they need to come home or risk getting stuck in the dozens of countries now cancelling worldwide flights and shutting down borders in a bid to stop the rampant global march of the virus. Given the rapid global spread of the virus, it is no longer possible to assess health risks for the duration of the trip.

Any at-risk passengers affected by the domestic flights are asked to isolate for 14 days after their arrival.

The Alberta government is working with Travel Alberta on a strategy to inform Canadians returning from the United States and Mexico about the need to self-isolate, and how to access medical care, if needed.

Many post-secondary institutions, including the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, Bow Valley College, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, St. Mary's University and Lethbridge College, have announced a transition to online classes and virtual programming.

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