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Coronavirus: Alberta's top doctor recommends teaching staff get tested before school starts | FULL

CA, 13 Aug 2020
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw delivered an update on the coronavirus pandemic and the province's ongoing response on Wednesday.

With less than four weeks until schools are set to reopen their classrooms for students, Hinshaw is recommending all teaching and education staff get tested for COVID-19 before the fall semester begins.

The province's top doctor said with about 90,000 school staff and teachers across the province, she’s hoping Albertans will step up to make testing possible for these workers over the next three weeks.

She added that under her current recommendation, school staff is encouraged to book an appointment either with Alberta Health Services or pharmacies who offer a COVID-19 testing system.

Alberta has 121 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, bringing the total number of active cases to 1,044. Of those, 50 people are in hospital and 13 people are being treated in intensive care.

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