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This weekend Jana Macdonald, principal at Bowness High School which has at least one case and is quarantining some students, shared an emotional social media post about her concerns over school safety and pointed the finger straight at the UCP government.

“I’m exhausted, devastated, furious, frustrated, scared, anxious, sad and so many, many more things all at once,” Macdonald posted on her Facebook page, with other staff reacting in agreement.

Since the opening of school last week, officials with the Calgary Board of Education have confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Canyon Meadows School, Bowness High School, Bridlewood and Lester Pearson High School.

As well, parents at Arbour Lake School and Brentwood School were sent home a message Tuesday regarding a positive case in a Southland Transportation employee.

By Tuesday afternoon, five schools with the Calgary Catholic School District have a confirmed case of COVID-19, including St. Angela, Divine Mercy, Notre Dame, St. Wilfrid and St. Francis High School.

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619 new cases, five deaths over long weekend

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic.

619 new cases over long weekend; 154 on Friday, 171 on Saturday, 137 on Sunday, 157 on MondayFive additional deaths; 247 Albertans have died from the virus47,406 tests over long weekend45 in hospital; 10 in ICUs1,692 active cases province-wide, the most since May 9The five deaths include two residents of the Good Samaritan Southgate care centre in Edmonton that were considered recovered, but whose conditions subsequently worsened, Hinshaw saidOutbreak at Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton with seven cases in staff; no risk to hotel guests, Hinshaw saidAlberta Health Services has reported 11 cases present “while infectious” in 11 different schools across the province, Hinshaw saidThose cases are suspected to be acquired through community transmission and not in school, Hinshaw saidSupport Our Students currently lists 24 cases in schools in its COVID tracker. Hinshaw said the discrepency comes from whether or not the cases were in school while infectious, which won’t appear in AHS’ count.Hinshaw said the government is looking at making school alerts publicly available on a website, but they may not list every school with individual cases and may instead only list aggregate numbers by area.

“The reality is we have to learn to live with COVID and we learn to balance the risk of occasional exposures with the risks of keeping our children home, keeping our children out of school, which has other long-term risks for their health and well-being,” Hinshaw says. #COVID19AB

— Jon Roe (@theJonRoe) September 8, 2020

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