As cases surge in Edmonton, Calgary’s COVID-19 count keeps relatively stable; two more dead in Foothills outbreaks

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Sampson said he was happy with how Calgarians handled the first wave of the coronavirus and said he was confident the city could weather its next battle.

“I know we’re going into a second wave, I believe it in my heart. It’s in our hands, we’ve always said that before, we can make a difference,” he said. “We’re ready for that second wave, it’s just unfortunate we have to go there.”

Two more victims in Foothills outbreaks

Two more patients have died in the ongoing outbreaks at Foothills Medical Centre.

The patients are the ninth and tenth victims linked to COVID-19 outbreaks that have infected seven units at the northwest Calgary hospital. Across the province, 283 people have now died from the coronavirus.

For a second straight day, no new cases were reported at Foothills on Wednesday. There are 80 confirmed cases at the hospital: 42 patients, 33 health-care workers and five visitors.

A total of 311 health-care workers have been forced to isolate as a result of the outbreaks, though some have begun to return to work.

Also Wednesday, Alberta reported 143 new cases of COVID-19 from more than 13,600 tests, about a 1.1 per cent positive rate.

The number of new cases breaks a streak of three consecutive days of more than 200 new infections in the province. There were 276 new cases Tuesday, Alberta’s third-highest single-day count, and the most reported in one day since April 23.

There are now 1,910 active COVID-19 cases in Alberta, including 66 in hospital and 13 in intensive-care units.

As well, Calgary’s Clarence Sansom School became the fourth in Calgary to be added to the province’s COVID-19 watch list, with five or more confirmed cases. Two more city schools — John G. Diefenbaker High School and Our Lady of the Assumption School — were given outbreak status, with between two and four cases.

—With files from Madeline Smith

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