Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said there are three schools that have at least two infected individuals, but there is currently no evidence of broader transmission.
“While we are calling these outbreaks, this is a very cautious use of the term,” said Hinshaw on Thursday. “We are acting out of an abundance of caution by treating two cases who are in a school while infectious within a 14-day span as an outbreak, even when the cases are within one family.”
Two of the schools are in Calgary: Henry Wise Wood high school and St. Wilfrid elementary school. The third is Chinook High School in Lethbridge.
On Thursday, 113 new cases, five fatalities and 199 recoveries were recorded, as Alberta’s active case count dropped to 1,494. Throughout the province, there are 24 cases at 21 schools, said Hinshaw.