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Alberta's top doctor addresses back-to-school plan during COVID-19 update.

Last Updated Aug 21, 2020 at 12:46 pm MST

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw providing daily COVID-19 update on June 3, 2020. (Photo taken from Citynews livestream)

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – As we get closer to schools reopening, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw is focusing on the evidence driving their back to school plan.

Hinshaw notes many parents and children are nervous about attending classes in just a few weeks and have wanted to know why she has recommended kids return to class in the middle of a pandemic.

Hinshaw says she’s made her recommendation after looking-over all the available evidence.

“It is abundantly clear that one of the main predictors of successful school reopening in COVID is the level of community transmission outside the school…places with high community transmission have experienced much more spread in schools than places with low transmission.”

Hinshaw says she is sending her children back to school because she believes the benefits of in-school learning outweigh the risks but adds there’s no right or wrong decision for parents.

Alberta Health reported 103 new cases in the last 24 hours and one new death.

The Calgary area saw 33 new cases, while more than 50 new cases are in the Edmonton area which has been dealing with a spike in cases in recent weeks.