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St. Wilfrid Elementary School in Calgary now under outbreak 'watch'

Last Updated Sep 16, 2020 at 7:41 am MDT

FILE PHOTO. An empty classroom at a Calgary high school. (PHOTO: Jo Horwood, CityNews)

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) — Alberta Health Services (AHS) has upgraded St. Wilfrid Elementary School in northeast Calgary to ‘watch’ status.

A ‘watch’ is defined as an outbreak “with 5 or more cases where the disease could have been acquired or transmitted in the school.”

The school is placed under scenario one which keeps the facility open with near normal operations with some public health measures, according to the AHS website.

“Additional public health measures may be in place within a school to control the spread,” the website adds.

There is now a total of seven schools experiencing outbreaks after Notre Dame High School was added to the list Tuesday afternoon.

Alberta reported 124 new cases after conducting nearly 13,000 new tests in the past 24 hours.

There remain 1,491 active cases province-wide with 39 of those in hospital, seven of which are being treated in intensive care.

Over 14,000 Albertans have recovered from the virus.

The death toll remains at 254 after no new deaths were recorded.