The outbreaks just keep coming for Calgary. The Government of Alberta announced on Tuesday, May 19, that three new outbreaks have been discovered in Calgary. Meanwhile, the province is set to decide on Friday, May 22 whether or not the Calgary reopening plan will kick off on schedule.
The three outbreaks, as listed by the Government of Alberta, are localized at three city businesses: Golden Happiness Bakery, a Subaru car dealership, and Thomas Fresh, a produce supplier in southeast Calgary.
Narcity has reached out to the three businesses for comment and this article will be updated when we receive a response.
Together with prior outbreaks at businesses, Calgary has recorded a total of 16 work-centred outbreaks around the city.
Some of these businesses include an Amazon warehouse, a Canada Post facility, a Purolator worksite, homeless shelters, and meat-packing suppliers.
The outbreak at the Cargill meatpacking plant in High River is actually the largest outbreak in not only Alberta but in all of North America.
According to the Alberta government, if a business is found to have more than five staff members infected with COVID-19, it's officially seen as an outbreak.
The government's site also lists outbreaks at acute or continuing care facilities. If long-term care homes have two or more cases, then this is also considered an outbreak.
By these other standards, Calgary has a bunch of additional outbreaks at care facilities.
With nine outbreaks at long-term care facilities, the eight outbreaks at supportive living sites, and the 16 outbreaks at businesses, that puts the total number of outbreaks at 33 for all of Calgary.
This is higher than in the province's other health zones, which all combined, have nine outbreaks in care homes and businesses.
Seeing how Calgary has been reporting most of the COVID-19 cases in the whole province, its reopening got delayed last-minute by Premier Jason Kenney.
Kenney decided to hold off on reopening Calgary and Brooks' hair salons, cafes, pubs, and restaurants until May 25, whereas the rest of the province started reopening on May 14.
The province is set to announce on Friday, May 22 whether Calgary's new reopening date will actually go ahead.
Calgary's number of COVID-19 cases make up about 70% of the total number of cases in the province. So far, the city has recorded 4,649 cases, as reported by the provincial government.
So while locals are still eagerly waiting to find out whether they can finally head to their local pubs to grab a drink, the province had to decide whether or not it's still safe to let Calgary reopen on the scheduled date.
The province is considering infection numbers, hospitalization and ICU rates, and COVID-19-related deaths to determine whether it's safe to move through the stages of reopening.