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COVID-19 Live Updates: News on coronavirus in Calgary for March 7

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City of Calgary to offer family pop-up vaccination clinic

Medical staff prepare supplies at the pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Village Square Leisure Center in northeast Calgary on Sunday, June.  6, 2021.
Medical staff prepare supplies at the pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Village Square Leisure Center in northeast Calgary on Sunday, June. 6, 2021. Photo by Gavin Young /Postmedia file

The City of Calgary recently announced it will be offering a family-friendly vaccine program to support Calgarians over two dates in March.

According to a press release, the clinics are in partnership with aisokinakio’p, the Indigenous-led COVID-19 immunization clinic created by the Aboriginal Friendship Center of Calgary, Siksika Health Services and OKAKI Health Intelligence.

“In working with our community partners, we heard through various channels that families are facing barriers to access vaccines. This is a great opportunity for the City to help remove those barriers and improve the health of our community. These pop-up clinics will have more than just the COVID-19 vaccine,” said acting chief Mike Luchia from Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA).

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On March 12, a pop-up will be stationed at #10 755 Falconridge Blvd. NE, from 12:00 to 7:00 pm

On March 19, another pop-up will be held at the Village Square Leisure Centre, located at 2623 56 St. NE, from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm

The release said the clinics will provide more than Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Calgarians will also be able to get an influenza shot, as well as vaccination for pneumonia. Additionally, pediatric vaccines for COVID-19 and influenza will be available.

Participants are asked to bring their identification, adding an Alberta Health Card is helpful if people have one, but it’s not required.


Notley tests positive for COVID-19

In an emailed statement, NDP Leader Rachel Notley wrote: “Yesterday I tested positive for COVID-19 using a rapid antigen test. I have been triple-vaccinated and my symptoms are mild. I’m fortunate that I can continue to work on behalf of Alberta families while in isolation at my home. I look forward to returning to the legislature in person as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

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https://twitter.com/RachelNotley/status/1500851055017357314


Remember COVID? Why many of us are suffering from brain fog

As Canada reopens amid loosening pandemic restrictions, some people are finding it hard to recall words or names or compute things in their heads. Maybe you don’t remember all the steps to your morning routine anymore or your child’s teacher’s name.

Approximately 600 million people worldwide experience cognitive impairment in the form of “brain fog”. This “fog” is a common symptom of what is dubbed “long COVID,” the long-term effects of having contracted the COVID-19 virus.

Why is this happening and what can be done to combat it?

“I don’t think we exactly know the answer…these are all, neuroscientifically, not very well-defined things,” said Dr. Adrian Owen, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at Western University in London, Ontario.

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Even though “brain fog” lacks a specific scientific definition, he said they are starting to understand how it impacts the brains of people who have had COVID.

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Sunday

Kenney says Alberta will call to end mandatory COVID vaccine, testing for travel

Premier Jason Kenney provides an update on COVID-19 restrictions from the McDougall Center in Calgary.  Tuesday, February 8, 2022.
Premier Jason Kenney provides an update on COVID-19 restrictions from the McDougall Center in Calgary. Tuesday, February 8, 2022. Photo by Brendan Miller/Postmedia

Premier Jason Kenney announced Sunday that his UCP government will introduce a motion asking the federal government to stop requiring COVID vaccination to board a plane or train.

Currently, anyone 12 and older must have at least two doses of a COVID vaccine to get on a VIA Rail train or on a flight departing from Canada. Travelers entering Canada also have to show negative results of a rapid antigen test — the federal government removed the requirement last week for a lab-based PCR test.

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Kenney called these measures “pointless” in a six-minute video posted to his Twitter feed Sunday afternoon, adding that the province will issue a call in the legislature to drop them.

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Sunday

At-risk families face schools where students and teachers no longer have to mask

James Fowler High School students head out during the lunch break on the first day back in class after an extended Christmas break on Monday, January 10, 2022.
James Fowler High School students head out during the lunch break on the first day back in class after an extended Christmas break on Monday, January 10, 2022. Photo by Gavin Young/Postmedia

With the UCP government lifting COVID-19 restrictions, teachers can now join students in taking off masks at school, leaving at-risk kids and their families in a difficult spot, critics say.

At the same time, the COVID virus remains ever-present in schools, according to data collected by both the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Catholic School District.

While cases are lower than the peak of the Omicron surge in late January, school districts have not seen a significant drop in cases overall since masking requirements were lifted for students in mid-February. And some individual schools are still seeing high numbers.

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But new rules revealed last week — making masking optional for all “adults” in schools — mean any teacher, educational assistant or volunteer parent can now choose to not mask, creating fear and worry for the immunocompromised.

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Saturday

Freedom rally aggression escalates towards Beltline counter-protesters

Tensions between freedom rally protesters and counter-protesters in the Beltline grew Saturday afternoon.  Counter protesters formed a line across the road to prevent freedom rally protesters from continuing down 17th Avenue.
Tensions between freedom rally protesters and counter-protesters in the Beltline grew Saturday afternoon. Counter protesters formed a line across the road to prevent freedom rally protesters from continuing down 17th Avenue. Photo by Brittany Gervais /Postmedia

Calgary police arrested one man after he shoved a counter-protester to the ground as hundreds of freedom rally protesters marched in the Beltline area Saturday afternoon.

Around 50 counter-protesters, part of the group Community Solidarity Calgary, gathered for a second week at the 17th Avenue and 7th Street intersection.

Protest organizers say they are there to support public health-care institutions and stand against harassment from the freedom rally protesters. Those protesters have regularly held loud, disruptive marches in central Calgary neighborhoods for months, to demonstrate against what they consider a curtailment of freedoms, the imposition of COVID-19 masks mandates and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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