COVID-19 Update: 173 new cases, two new deaths | Fifth death linked to Foothills outbreaks | Feds launch $10B infrastructure plan

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President Donald Trump said Thursday night that Hope Hicks, one of his closest aides, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and that he’s recently been tested and is awaiting a result.

“She did test positive. I just heard about this,” Trump said in an interview on Fox News, about two hours after Bloomberg News first reported Hicks’s positive test.

“I just went out for a test, they just said it’ll come back later, I guess, and the first lady also because we spent a lot of time with Hope and others. So we’ll see what happens,” he added.

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Fifth death recorded in connection with Foothills hospital’s COVID-19 outbreaks

The Foothills hospital in Calgary was photographed on Monday, September 21, 2020. Photo by Gavin Young/Postmedia

A fifth person has died in connection with the growing outbreak of COVID-19 cases at Foothills Medical Centre, as the hospital reported Thursday that four more people had been infected by the virus.

Two of the new cases are among patients at the hospital, while one additional health-care worker tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to Alberta Health Services. A hospital visitor was also infected.

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173 new cases, two new deaths

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic this afternoon.

  • 173 new cases on 14,678 tests
  • Two deaths: a man in his 80s from Alberta Health Services’ Edmonton zone not linked to continuing care and a man in his 90s from the Millwoods Shepherd’s Care Centre in Edmonton; 269 total
  • 64 in hospital; 12 in ICUs
  • 1,596 active cases
  • 28 schools have come off of alert status with no transmission
  • Active alerts or outbreaks in 133 schools (about 5% of all schools in province, Hinshaw noted); 257 active cases at these schools
  • 52 schools with outbreaks; 7 on “watch” list with five or more cases
  • 11 schools have had “likely” in school transmission
  • 101,000 tests for school-aged Albertans since Sept. 1 with positivity rate of less than 1%
  • Alberta has ordered 1.9 million doses of influenza vaccine, 20% more than last year, Hinshaw said
  • The government has created guidance for celebrating a safe Halloween

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