Out­break at hos­pi­tal grows

Lethbridge Herald - - Odds & Ends - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS — CAL­GARY

More than a hun­dred staff are iso­lat­ing as a busy Cal­gary hos­pi­tal con­firmed 26 cases of COVID-19.

Alberta Health Ser­vices says the in­fec­tions in­clude 17 pa­tients and nine staff at the Foothills Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

The cases are in two car­diac care units and one gen­eral medicine unit and the health agency has said it does not ap­pear that they are con­nected.

Three deaths have been linked to the out­breaks.

Of­fi­cials say 114 staff are in iso­la­tion and the hos­pi­tal is us­ing over­time and re­as­sign­ment to cover shifts.

Alberta re­ported 143 new daily in­fec­tions in its lat­est up­date and says there are 1,520 ac­tive in­fec­tions.

Fifty-nine peo­ple are in hos­pi­tal and 13 are in in­ten­sive care. A to­tal of 260 Al­ber­tans have died from COVID-19.

At the Foothills hos­pi­tal, vis­i­tors are only be­ing al­lowed for end-oflife sit­u­a­tions or if they have been pre-ap­proved as es­sen­tial.

There are tem­per­a­ture checks at all en­trances and stu­dents and vol­un­teers are not al­lowed on the af­fected units.

The hos­pi­tal has set up mul­ti­ple swab­bing sites and staff and pa­tients in the af­fected units are be­ing screened for symp­toms twice daily.

“At this time all of the ser­vices usu­ally of­fered at FMC con­tinue to be pro­vided,” the agency said in a state­ment Wed­nes­day.

“We are work­ing hard to en­sure the avail­abil­ity of spe­cial­ized and staff physi­cians to con­tinue to pro­vide these ser­vices.”

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