Eureka Elementary School closed Monday due to COVID

Eureka Public Schools Superintendent Jim Mepham said the Eureka Elementary School will not open on Monday due to the prevalence of COVID-19 among the staff.

Mepham said in a Facebook post that due to a “large number of Covid positive or symptomatic staff in the Eureka Elementary School we will be unable to safely or effectively run the Elementary School” on Monday.

We anticipate the possibility that this could continue until more staff can return to school,” Mepham said.

“We will continue with daily updates. Please call your child’s school in the morning if you choose to keep your child home or if they have and Covid type symptoms. Masks are available in both offices and on buses. Remember that masks are required on our buses,” he continued.

We will update this story with any additional information we receive. Health Minister Tyler Shandro also announced $36 million to help care agencies hire more staff or increase resources for home care and other care-home settings.

Alberta is facing a severe crisis in its hospitals as staff and resources are redirected to focus on COVID cases that have filled up intensive care beds, with critically ill patients now being directed to overflow wards.

Non-emergency surgeries were cut by as much as 60 per cent provincewide last week and the Calgary health zone has cancelled all non-urgent procedures for the rest of the week.

5:36 p.m. British Columbia’s health minister admonished those who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and have staged protests against the province’s vaccine passport, saying it’s both foolish to refuse a vaccination and disrespectful to protest and potentially interfere with the care of hospital patients, reports The Canadian Press.

Adrian Dix says the province is reviewing “all options” when it comes to limiting protests outside of hospitals, according to CP.