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“We know this is difficult for everyone and we will do all we can to keep these additional restrictions in place for as short a time as possible,” said AHS in the release.
Medical staff will continue with emergency surgeries and the emergency department remains open. Other services that are offered at the hospital are still open, as medical staff work to contain the spread of the virus and provide care to those who need it.
On Saturday, AHS reported a fourth patient had died as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak but there have been no new deaths recorded since then.
Healthcare workers and patients in the five affected units are tested twice a day as part of the increased infection prevention strategies by AHS.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, and Minister of Health Tyler Shandro will be providing an update on the province’s response to the pandemic later today.
In Alberta, there were 1,497 active COVID-19 cases as of Friday, including 518 in the Calgary zone. Fifty-six Albertans were hospitalized, including 14 in intensive-care units.
To date, 262 Albertans have died of the coronavirus and 17,343 people have tested positive in the province.