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Hinshaw said she continues to closely watch the number of hospitalizations to monitor the acute-care system’s ability to manage the spike in cases and hospital admissions.
“As I’ve said before, one of the best ways to limit cases in schools, hospitals and continuing-care is to limit transmission within the community. COVID-19 is a difficult virus to contain, and the more cases and spread we see in our communities, the more likely it becomes that we will see it in other places as well,” said Hinshaw.
No new cases were identified in connection to the Foothills Medical Centre outbreaks on Wednesday. A total of 45 patients, 37 health-care workers and five visitors have tested positive since the start of the outbreak, while 11 patients have died.
Hinshaw said the cause of the outbreak still hasn’t been determined.
“AHS has been working very, very hard to contain the spread and make sure that onward transmission is stopped, and that any risks to patients or staff or visitors are contained,” said Hinshaw.
According to Alberta Health, 964 Albertans been hospitalized due to COVID-19, 177 of whom have required intensive care. The average age for COVID-19 cases hospitalized from the start of the pandemic to now is 61 years old, ranging from under one year old to 102. The average age requiring intensive care is also 61, ranging from four years old to 89.
In Wednesday’s update, AHS said 80 per cent of the 45 postponed surgeries at Foothills have been rescheduled.
The 243 newly identified cases come from 14,881 tests on Tuesday. Alberta Health has confirmed 21,199 cases of COVID-19 and 18,223 recoveries.
Of the active cases, 1,473 are in the Edmonton zone, 791 in the Calgary zone, 177 in the South zone, 124 in the North zone and 108 in the Central zone.