Chief medical officer will update Albertans on COVID-19

Chief medical officer will update Albertans on COVID-19

Chief medical officer will update Albertans on COVID-19

Twenty-six residents and 11 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, and five residents have died from the illness at the long-term care facility.

In a Wednesday press conference, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said that Alberta has seen 126 new known cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

In an attempt to reduce spread and protect Alberta's most vulnerable population in this pandemic, AHS will now test asymptomatic staff and residents at continuing care homes where there are outbreaks of the novel coronavirus.

"Hospitalizations are up by about 10", Kenney said.

For a second straight day, Alberta Health was unable to provide detailed reporting on the province's COVID-19 outbreak due to an electrical fire at the ministry Tuesday night.

On Wednesday, Hinshaw said testing asymptomatic individuals doesn't always give a clear picture when it comes to tracking cases.

Another reason for the recent increase in case numbers can be attributed to a surge in cases linked to the Cargill meat-packing plant in High River, Hinshaw said.

"It is not acceptable that elderly Albertans are being put at risk in a place where their health is supposed to be protected", said Hinshaw.

"Anyone who was at that site recently, we would be asking them to self-isolate for 14 days", Hinshaw said. But she said there have been no new cases since, and no patients have been affected.

Gil McGowan, the president of the Alberta Federation of Labour, wrote to the province on Thursday expressing concern that the close quarters of oilsands work sites and camps could lead to oilsands workers becoming "super spreaders as they fly back to their home communities across the country" and asking there be a conversation about not using fly-in workers or re-evaluating what constitutes essential work.

She also said seven staffers at Calgary's Foothills Medical Centre maternity ward were confirmed last week to have COVID-19.

There are now 60 Albertans in hospital due to COVID-19, 13 of which are in the ICU.

AHS added that these measures are standard practice at all its continuing care facilities in Alberta.

A complete list of all the outbreaks at facilities, where one or more cases have been confirmed, is expected to be released early next week.

No new deaths were reported on Friday.

The total number of cases in the province is now 2,397 and 60 people are in hospital along with 13 in the ICU.

"As of today, we have conducted 89,144 tests and we have average 1974 per day since the fourth of March".

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