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Calgary Centre gets higher COVID-19 classification amid condo outbreak

Last Updated Jun 29, 2020 at 6:44 am MDT

A look outside the Verve condos in East Village in Calgary. (CREDIT: The New Calgary, Facebook)

CALGARY – The number of active COVID-19 cases in a Calgary highrise condo building has prompted provincial officials to change the area’s regional classification on the weekend from “open” to “watch.”

According to Alberta Health, more than 60,000 people live in Calgary Centre and there are 34 active cases there, all of which spokeswoman Karin Campbell said are associated with Verve
Condominiums.

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Alberta Health’s website states that a watch is issued when there are at least 10 active cases in a region and there are more than 50 active cases per 100,000 people, and it said Calgary Centre is just over that at 51.4 cases.

It said that during a watch, the province is “monitoring the risk and discussing with local governments and other community leaders the possible need for additional health measures.”

The next level up is enhanced, where “risk levels require enhanced public health measures to control the spread.”

Campbell said there have been 45 cases associated with the condo building and that 11 of them have recovered.