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“Some people are very good with their comments. A mask can be uncomfortable. I’m going to discuss science with people. Although the mask reminds them that we are dealing with a serious pandemic, it is doing its job,” he said.
The city of Airdre introduced its mandatory mask bylaw on Friday, with 239 active cases in the community as of Tuesday. This is a 341.4 active case rate per 100,000 population.
Airdry Mayor Peter Brown said most people voluntarily wore masks before the order, but many expressed their anti-mask views to the city administration.
“More than 500 people responded to our bylaw and 47 percent were completely against masks and 53 percent were masks. So, this is a segregation issue,” Brown said.
He said the sudden rise in active cases was too much and urged residents to be vigilant and limit all meetings, especially as the province on Friday imposed a mandatory limit of 15 people for social and family gatherings in areas with better measures.
With an active case rate of 382.7 per 100,000 population – Despite the highest active case rates in any part of Alberta, the city of Chestermir has not yet made mask use mandatory. Chestermeer Mayor Marshall Chamers said in a statement that “the city is interested in following all orders issued by the Provincial Health Authority.”
“Currently masks are not mandatory across the province, but we are going to reconsider the idea of implementing a temporary mandatory mask bylaw for Chestermir in the near future,” Chamers said. “Our community has done an excellent job in the spring and summer to keep our community numbers low and it is sad that they are rising to these levels.”
As of Tuesday, there were 80 active cases in Chestermir.
“I want all of us to try and remember that we protect our loved ones and those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 when we wear masks, wash our hands and follow other public health measures,” Chamers said.
Dr. Dina Hinsha, Chief Medical Officer of Alberta Health, is encouraging Albertans Remembrance Day celebrations to be kept small because Alberta Health reported 713 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths on Tuesday.
Alberta now has more than 8,000 active cases and 207 hospitals, both the highest the province has ever seen. Of those hospitalized, 43 are in need of intensive care.
The death toll is now 376. Seven of these deaths were reported on Tuesday, which means 14 Alberts have died from COVID-19 in the past two days.
Two weeks ago, on October 23, 300 deaths were reported.
Of the seven Alberts who have disappeared from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, one person in the 90s, four from Edmonton and two from Meyer Thorpe, have been diagnosed with the outbreak at Wing Key Care Center in Calgary.
Hinsha encourages people to honor the sacrifices of soldiers with virtual attendance through virtual events or live events.
“This year, because of COVID-19, make sure you pay tribute safely,” Hinsha said on Twitter.