Edmonton – An Edmonton, Alta. The woman is calling on the province to implement better contact tracing policies in schools after her 10-year-old granddaughter contracted COVID-19 at school and passed the infection along to her elderly grandfather.

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Megan Elliott says it wasn’t until her daughter became ill that she had a possible COVID-19 case at her school, let alone an outbreak.

“What we learned was that schools – if they had not been given permission from the parents – were not able to notify anyone within the classroom who might be in close contact. [with an infected student]Elliott told Granthshala National News on Thursday.


“And so, if a parent didn’t inform the school and decided to keep the child at home because they thought they had a cold and the symptoms stopped, they were able to return to school and possibly still have COVID-19.” is.”

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On Wednesday, the Alberta government resumed public reporting of active outbreaks in schools, reversing the province’s decision in August to end reporting of COVID-19 cases until the school-wide absenteeism rate was 10 percent. or not exceed it.

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The latest provincial figures released on Thursday showed 54 schools have declared virus outbreaks, while more than 750 have reported at least two cases.

It comes after a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in the province last month, where children aged five to nine accounted for the most active COVID-19 cases in Alberta of any age group relative to its population.

“If we had known, we would have taken precautions,” Elliot said.

“It’s caused quite a frustrating situation for us because we want to be completely supportive. We’ve all been vaccinated. We’ve provided everything we need to. But the end result, that nonetheless brought her home.”

And while the province says school districts will begin notifying parents if their child has been exposed to COVID-19 next week, and contact tracing for schools will resume in November, Elliott’s To say that more needs to be done to protect families.

“They can easily take it to the homes of older parents and grandparents who are raising a child who, for whatever reason, cannot be vaccinated,” she said, of 10-year-old Aubry and her 85. The year old grandfather is moving on. good so far