Calgary was moved onto the watch list as it currently 686 active cases, which is 50.9 per 100,000 people.
A new outbreak was reported at Calgary’s Rose and Crown Pub Friday, with six active cases and one recovered case linked.
An outbreak was also declared related to an informal Calgary social event “featuring a large number of Calgarians.” Forty-two cases are linked to this outbreak.
The total active cases in the biggest active outbreak in Alberta, at Foothills Medical Centre, is now 89 as of Saturday. Eleven people have died. The hospital says it still has no conclusive proof how the outbreaks started.
Three cardiology patients at the University of Alberta Hospital’s Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute have tested positive for COVID-19.
Health officials are keeping a close eye on hospital capacity as Alberta’s COVID-19 cases continue to surge, driving hospitalization numbers to a new high.
There are 117 people in hospital as of Friday, 11 of whom are in intensive care.
Alberta reported 332 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total active cases to 2,836, up 98 from the previous day.
The bulk of the cases continue to be in Edmonton, which now has 1,525 active cases.
The total deaths in Alberta from COVID-19 remains at 288.
Ninety-one schools now have outbreaks, 22 of which are in the watch category because there are five or more cases. Sixty-one schools have had in-school transmission.
The Calgary Catholic School District said Thursday that there are 35 positive cases in its schools, resulting in 935 students and 88 staff members in self-isolation for 14 days. “This is a significant increase from last week,” the board said.
What you need to know today in Alberta:
The City of Calgary was moved onto the province’s watch list, as it currently has 686 active cases, which is 50.9 per 100,000 people.
“At this time, I am not recommending any additional measures for Calgary. But we are working with local partners to monitor the situation closely,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said Friday.
According to Hinshaw, Calgary has recently seen several outbreaks linked to social gatherings, including a private gathering linked to 42 active cases, all of which are active. The informal social event featured “a large number of Calgarians,” according to AHS.
A new outbreak was also declared at the Rose and Crown Pub in Calgary on Friday, where there are currently seven cases — six active and one recovered.
According to AHS, contact tracing is underway and AHS is working closely with the operator “around cleaning, testing, or other support needed to protect the public health.”
Designated spectator seating at city recreation centres, like arenas, will operate at 25 per cent capacity (up to 50 spectators, or 100 in larger arenas). There will be no spectator access in arenas without designated seating.
Dr. Peter Jamieson, the medical director for the Foothills Medical Centre, said there’s still an active investigation into the outbreaks at the Calgary hospital that have so far claimed 11 lives, infected 89 others and sent hundreds of health-care workers into isolation.
“We still don’t have conclusive proof as to the origin of the outbreaks and we can’t speculate,” Jamieson said at a news conference Thursday.
“The preliminary conclusion that we’ve reached is that we don’t think there is a single source that explains all of the outbreaks we’re seeing.”
Investigators believe there are linkages between the outbreaks that occurred on two medical cardiology units and one intensive care cardiac unit, but are still investigating links between other units.
Of the 89 confirmed cases connected to the outbreaks, 46 were patients (11 currently active and in hospital), 38 were health-care workers and five were visitors, he said.
Alberta Health Services confirmed Wednesday that three cardiology patients at the University of Alberta Hospital’s Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute in Edmonton had tested positive for COVID-19.
All patients are isolated and teams are working to determine where the outbreak started and how the infection was transmitted. Contact tracing efforts are underway to help identify health-care workers who need to isolate, Williamson added.
Currently, none of the institute’s services have been affected, but AHS noted that there is potential for a reduction.
AHS said there was no connection between the Mazankowski and Foothills outbreaks.
According to provincial data, Alberta hit an all time high on Monday with 102 Albertans hospitalized and 13 of those patients in intensive care.
Hockey Edmonton is starting its season with cohort groups to keep teams safe. Players will be facing off against increasingly familiar faces under the new cohort system adopted as a pandemic precaution, but that isn’t diminishing the excitement of teams preparing for the puck to drop.
Here’s the regional breakdown of active cases reported on Friday:
As of 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, Canada had 196,192 confirmed or presumptive coronavirus cases. Provinces and territories listed 165,417 of those as recovered or resolved. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 9,746.
Last Saturday, the province imposed new restrictions in three hot spots: Ottawa, Toronto and the Peel Region, west of Toronto. Indoor dining at restaurants and bars is prohibited. Gyms, movie theatres and casinos are closed. The measures are to last at least 28 days.
Tightened restrictions imposed earlier this month in the greater Montreal and Quebec City areas, as well as the Chaudière-Appalaches region south of the provincial capital, are to last until at least Oct. 28.
WestJet will soon no longer fly to Moncton, Fredericton, Sydney, Charlottetown and Quebec City and drastically cut back its service to St. John’s and Halifax.
The online booking system in Montérégie, Que., crashed on Tuesday, the first day residents were able to book an appointment through the regional health authority.
Self-assessment and supports:
Alberta Health Services has an online self-assessment tool that you can use to determine if you have symptoms of COVID-19, but testing is open to anyone, even without symptoms.
The province says Albertans who have returned to Canada from other countries must self-isolate. Unless your situation is critical and requires a call to 911, Albertans are advised to call Health Link at 811 before visiting a physician, hospital or other health-care facility.
If you have symptoms, even mild, you are to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms, until the symptoms have disappeared.
The province also operates a confidential mental health support line at 1-877-303-2642 and addiction help line at 1-866-332-2322, both available 24 hours a day.
Online resources are available for advice on handling stressful situations and ways to talk with children.
There is a 24-hour family violence information line at 310-1818 to get anonymous help in more than 170 languages, and Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence is available at 1-866-403-8000, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
A total of 153 new cases of the virus have been identified, raising the number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 4,088, including:
eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
15 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region
15 cases in the Northern health region
24 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region
91 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
There are also 1,922 known active cases and 2,116 people have recovered from COVID-19.
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There are 65 people in hospital and 10 people in intensive care.
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The province says laboratory system data, including daily testing numbers, total testing numbers and the test positivity rate, will be unavailable due to scheduled systems upgrades. Data is expected to be available Sunday.
Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg on units 5N and 5S, and at the Agassiz Youth Centre in Portage la Prairie. Both facilities have been elevated to red on the province’s Pandemic Response System.
The province also released some possible exposures. The first is at Governor Semple School on Oct. 14. Health officials say this was not acquired at school and the risk is low.
Then there are two Winnipeg Transit possible exposures. The first is on Route 11 MTS Centre to City Hall on Oct. 21 between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The next is on Route 71 Sinclair to Aberdeen/Arlington on Oct. 16 at 4 p.m.
With the growing number of cases in the Northern health region and Churchill, the province is introducing targeted measures under the Restricted (orange) level of the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to reduce community spread of the virus by reducing close-prolonged contact between people.
The province says the measures will come into effect on Monday, Oct. 26, for a minimum of two weeks.
Additional measures will be put in place for schools in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region and the Northern health regions on Monday.
Dr. Bonnie Henry (Photo from BC Government Flickr)
Health officials in B.C. reported 223 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says there are 2,009 active cases in the province, with 4,637 people under active public health monitoring.
A total of 10,247 people who tested positive have now recovered.
Currently, 75 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 24 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
Vancouver Island only had one new confirmed case.
There have been two new health-care facility outbreaks at Laurel Place and Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge. In total, 16 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.
The outbreaks at PICS Assisted Living, Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre, Chartwell Carrington House Retirement Residence and Thornebridge Gardens Retirement Residence have been declared over.
There have also been two new community outbreaks at Coast Spas Manufacturing and Pace Processing.
“In recent days, we have seen a number of new outbreaks of COVID-19 in the community and in long-term care facilities,” Henry says. “Contact-tracing teams throughout our province are working around the clock to stop further spread, but it requires all of us to do our part to be successful in these efforts.”
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