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“A unit can be on watch without having any active patient or staff cases.”
AHS added that patients, families, staff and physicians are all notified when a unit is placed under watch.
The outbreaks at Foothills continued to grow Friday. One more patient tested positive for COVID-19, while five more hospital staff were infected. In total, positive cases in 17 patients and 18 health-care workers have been linked to the outbreaks.
More than a dozen more workers at Foothills have also been instructed to isolate, meaning there are 136 staff currently quarantining. More than 300 staff have been tested for the novel coronavirus since the start of the outbreaks.
No new deaths at Foothills were reported Friday. Three patients have died due to the outbreaks.
AHS said all patients and almost all health-care workers linked to the outbreaks have been identified, with testing underway.
Though the Foothills outbreak continues to expand, Alberta reported Friday that a much smaller outbreak at another Calgary hospital had been declared over. An outbreak at the Peter Lougheed Centre resulted infections in three people, all of whom recovered.
153 new COVID-19 cases
Alberta reported 153 new cases of the coronavirus Friday, bringing the province’s total case count since March to 17,343.
The new cases came from 14,211 tests, about a 1.1 per cent positive rate. There are now 1,497 active COVID-19 cases in Alberta, an increase from Thursday. More than half of those cases (773) are in the AHS Edmonton zone.