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Calgary Stampede Reports 71 COVID-19 Cases From This Year's Festival

On Tuesday, July 27, the Calgary Stampede released a notice regarding COVID-19 cases from the 2021 event.

According to the notice, Alberta Health Services has shared that 71 people likely got COVID-19 at Stampede, including cases that were identified either during or following the event.

This means that approximately seven cases per day were contracted at the Calgary Stampede. The 71 cases amount to 0.01% of the 528,998 attendees.

"The Stampede has gone above and beyond when it comes to safety measures, and events across the country can learn a great deal," says Dr. Jia Hu, a public health physician advising the Stampede.

"In context, over the past two weeks, 749 cases were reported across Alberta. The low number of cases associated with the Stampede is not unexpected and reinforces the safe operating measures put in place along with the effectiveness of vaccines."

At present, Alberta's COVID-19 case counts are on the rise. As of July 27, there are 1,173 active cases in the province, with 134 new cases reported on July 26.

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