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Alberta to provide COVID-19, education re-entry update Tuesday afternoon

Premier Jason Kenney and Alberta's chief medical officer of health Dr Deena Hinshaw will be providing an update to the province July 21, alongside Education Minister Adriana LaGrange. Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta

UPDATE: For details about what was said at Tuesday’s news conference, click here to read about Alberta’s plan for children’s education in the fall and click here to read the latest about the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As cases of the novel coronavirus continue to climb in Alberta, the province’s chief medical officer of health will provide an update on Alberta’s number of confirmed cases Tuesday afternoon.

At 3:00 p.m., Dr. Deena Hinshaw will be joined by Premier Jason Kenney and Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, who will also provide an update on Alberta’s education re-entry plan for the upcoming school year.

The news conference will be streamed live in this article.

Read more: Alberta records 368 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, 3 new deaths

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On Monday, Alberta confirmed 368 new cases had been identified since Friday, with Saturday showing the highest jump in cases over a one-day period since early May.

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Over the last two weeks, the province’s new daily case count has continued to climb, surpassing the 1,000 mark of active cases on Monday.

Alberta’s major cities remain home to the highest case counts, with the Calgary zone sitting at 553 and 225 active cases in the Edmonton zone on Monday.

Read more: Alberta working with 3 scenarios for school re-entry plan

As case counts continue to climb, the province is also looking at how and when to safely resume classes amid the pandemic.

In mid-March all in-person classes were cancelled, now as September quickly approaches, Alberta is looking to solidify a plan on how to get students back to education in the least disruptive and safe manner.

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