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Coronavirus outbreak at Calgary hospital results in 11 deaths so far – CTV Toronto

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CALGARY —
Health officials say another patient at Foothills Medical Centre has died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) reported the death in its daily online update Friday.

It says the patient who died was linked to the cardiac unit of the hospital, one of seven units that remain on COVID-19 outbreak status. An additional unit remains on ‘watch.’

“We offer our sincerest condolences to the families and friends who have lost loved ones,” AHS said in the statement.

Three more patient cases of COVID-19 were also confirmed in the update.

Eleven people have now died from complications of COVID-19 in connection to the outbreak at Calgary’s largest hospital.

There are 45 patients with confirmed cases of the illness, along with 36 health-care workers after three additional positive cases being reported Thursday.

More than 2,600 COVID-19 tests have been completed in connection with this outbreak.

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St. Albert's COVID-19 active case count hits 124 – St. Albert TODAY

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The number of St. Albertans currently diagnosed with COVID-19 grew to 124 cases over the weekend, marking the first time the city’s active case count has risen above 100.

This represents an increase of 33 people from Friday, Oct. 23. A total of 269 St. Albertans have been confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 to date. Of those, 143 people have recovered. Two people have died.

The province reported 1,440 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, including a record 572 cases reported on Saturday. With this increase, Alberta announced on Monday new mandatory limits on gatherings of up to 15 people in Edmonton and Calgary. 

“I don’t ask that you fear COVID-19, but that you respect it. COVID is a novel disease that is not just the flu – it has the ability to overwhelm our health system and weaken essential services if we let it do so,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, during Monday’s update. 

“Respecting COVID-19 means taking public health advice seriously, and not only taking care of ourselves, but also our communities by preventing transmission,”

There are currently 4,477 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta. Of those, 2,179 active cases are recorded in the Edmonton zone. To date, 20,949 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.

There are 118 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including 16 in intensive care. There were seven additional deaths reported since Oct. 23.

There are 276 active cases and 1,306 recovered cases at continuing care facilities. Of those, 186 residents have died.

Over the last two weeks in Edmonton and Calgary, social gatherings made up just 15 per cent of all outbreaks, but almost a third of all outbreak-related cases, Hinshaw said. Meanwhile, workplace outbreaks made up about 15 per cent of outbreaks and outbreak-related cases. 

Just six per cent of all COVID-19 cases in those aged 5 to 19 since Sept. 1 have been acquired at school, Hinshaw said. This indicates schools are not a main driver of community transmission, but rising community transmission is resulting in more school exposures, she said. 

Hinshaw said the province is in a “crucial” stage right now to reduce the rate of growth of COVID-19 cases. 

“You have heard me say many times that we need to achieve a balance between minimizing the risk of COVID-19 and minimizing the risk of harms of restrictions,” she said.  

“This requires us to keep the spread of COVID-19 manageable. We have now crossed a tipping point and are losing the balance we have been seeking. This weekend’s COVID-19 numbers tell the story clearly. We identified on average 480 cases of COVID-19 per day over the weekend.”

 

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Alberta challenged by dueling narratives over COVID-19: Hinshaw

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The chief medical officer of health said we can’t live in fear and terror of the virus for months but also can’t abandon efforts to protect the most vulnerable and ensure the health system can continue to meet all Albertans’ health needs.

Hinshaw is asking Albertans to respect COVID-19 and says it “is not just the flu.”

She said it is a novel virus that can overwhelm the health system and weaken essential services.

“Respecting COVID-19 means taking public health advice seriously by taking care of ourselves and communities by taking steps to prevent transmission.”

She also asked for respectful dialogue with those who have different opinions, saying solutions will be found by working together.

Hinshaw reiterated a balance must be found between minimizing the risk of COVID-19 and the harms of restrictions needed to keep the spread manageable.

“We have now crossed a tipping point and are losing the balance we have been seeking,” she warned.

The total number of COVID-19 cases across the province stands at 25,733. There are 3,138 4,477 active cases, up 826 from Friday, and 20,949 recovered cases, up 639.

Red Deer added 14 cases over the weekend and is up to 174. The city has 39 active cases as of Monday.

(With file from Chris Brown – CHAT News Today)

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Mandatory mask bylaw activated as Wood Buffalo hits 51 active COVID-19 cases

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A sign outside the Superstore in downtown Fort McMurray telling customers about the store’s mask policy on Sept. 13, 2020. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network

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The municipality’s mandatory mask bylaw has been activated after Wood Buffalo hit 51 active COVID-19 cases over the weekend. According to Alberta Health, 44 active cases are in Fort McMurray and seven active cases are in Wood Buffalo’s rural areas.

For 30 days, masks will be mandatory inside all indoor public spaces. The bylaw will not be lifted if the region remains over that limit. The bylaw was passed by council on Oct. 13.

A first offence will cost $100, with $200 for subsequent offences. This includes harassing or intimidating someone not wearing a mask due to a valid exemption. Businesses refusing to display signage will be fined $200. Frequent offenders could be fined up to $10,000, depending on the severity of the offence.

The bylaw does not apply to:

  • Anyone eating, drinking or exercising
  • Children under five-years-old
  • Anyone attending or leading religious services, although some religious organizations require worshippers to wear masks
  • Anyone needing to remove a mask to receive a service (for instance, dental work)
  • Caregivers, but only if a mask hurts their ability to care for anyone with a disability
  • Anyone needing physical assistance wearing masks

Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced at a Monday press conference that Alberta Health Services is contacting event organizers if a positive case attended the event. The organizer will forward the information within 24 hours to attendees.

The change is due to pressure put on AHS’ contact tracers because of the sudden rise in COVID-19 cases. Hinshaw said AHS is recruiting more people.

Hinshaw was also asked her thoughts on the sudden wildcat strike from Alberta health care workers that began Monday morning. Delivery of care is not part of her role, she said. However, Hinshaw said patient care could be impacted by the absence of striking workers and staff in COVID-19 quarantine.

“I know Alberta Health Services is working very hard to ensure that COVID precautions are in place, and that continues and whether or not they have to adjust the services that are provided,” she said.

Hinshaw also said private social gatherings in Edmonton and Calgary are now limited to 15 people. This includes birthday parties, house warming parties, wedding and funeral receptions, and retirement parties.

The measure does apply to wedding and funeral ceremonies, worship services, theatres or restaurants.

“Our best hope to avoid needing any further restrictions and to keep businesses recovering and the health system readily available is for all of us to go the extra mile,” said Hinshaw. “I know this is difficult. COVID-19 is a marathon not a sprint and Albertans have been sacrificing and working hard for many months now. But the warning bell is ringing and I want all of us to hear it’s call.”

Provincial COVID-19 updates for October 26:

  • A total of 25,733 people have been infected with the virus. The earliest known COVID-19 case in Alberta was detected in a blood sample collected on Feb. 24. The first case was announced on March 5.
  • Of those cases, 20,949 people have recovered, or roughly 81.4 per cent of all cases. There were 639 new recoveries since Friday.
  • There were 1,440 new cases reported since Friday, bringing the active total to 4,477. There were 364 cases reported on Oct. 23, 572 on Oct. 24, and 504 on Oct. 25.
  • There are 118 cases hospitalized, with 16 people fighting the virus in intensive care units.
  • There have been seven new deaths related to COVID-19, bringing Alberta’s total at 307.
  • 46,139 tests for COVID-19 were completed since Friday. There were 16,367 tests completed on Oct. 23, 17,106 on Oct. 24, and 12,666 on Oct. 25.
  • To date, 1,744,042 tests for COVID-19 have been carried out on 1,245,294 people.

COVID-19 in Fort McMurray:

  • There were four new recoveries in Fort McMurray since Friday, bringing total recoveries to 298 since the first case was reported in the city on March 19.
  • There were 11 new active cases in Fort McMurray since Friday, bringing the known total to 34.
  • Masks in public spaces will become mandatory once the Wood Buffalo region records 50 active cases of COVID-19.
  • There has been one death related to COVID-19 in Fort McMurray reported since Sept. 8.

COVID-19 in rural areas:

  • One new COVID-19 case was recorded in Wood Buffalo’s rural areas, bringing the total active cases to seven.
  • There were no new recoveries in Wood Buffalo’s rural areas since Friday, keeping the total to 64 recoveries.
  • AHS has not confirmed which rural communities had active COVID-19 cases, only community leaders have.
  • Fort McKay’s First Nation and Métis leaders have made it mandatory to wear masks in the community.
  • Masks in public spaces will become mandatory once the Wood Buffalo region records 50 active cases of COVID-19.
  • There have been no deaths related to COVID-19 in the RMWB’s rural areas.

Local COVID-19 cases and outbreaks at schools

  • Information on school outbreaks can be found online from Alberta Health Services. No school in Wood Buffalo has been ordered to close.
  • On Oct. 22, a positive COVID-19 case has been reported in relation to Sister Mary Phillips School. The school has not be classified an outbreak by AHS and remains open.
  • An outbreak is declared when five people at a public site, such as a workplace, test positive for COVID-19. At continuing care centres and schools, the number is two.
  • An outbreak is over when no new COVID-19 cases have been reported after 30 days.

Local COVID-19 workplace outbreaks:

  • Information on workplace outbreaks can be found online from Alberta Health Services.
  • An outbreak at Syncrude’s Mildred Lake site was declared on Sept. 3 when 11 workers tested positive for the virus.
  • An outbreak at Suncor’s base plant was declared on Sept. 4 after five workers tested positive for the virus.
  • An outbreak at Canadian Natural’s Horizon site has been declared.
  • An outbreak is declared when five people at a public site, such as a workplace, test positive for COVID-19. At continuing care centres and schools, the number is two.
  • An outbreak is over when no new COVID-19 cases have been reported after 30 days.

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