A dozen people infected in COVID-19 outbreak at Foothills hospital

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“All AHS facilities, including Foothills Medical Centre, follow rigorous infection prevention and control standards.”

Staff members are screened as they arrive for their shifts and wear masks while on duty, said AHS.

Foothills dealt with an outbreak on its obstetrics unit early last spring when seven staff members tested positive for the virus.

After Postmedia initially reported that story, the province revised its policy on reporting COVID-19 outbreaks, vowing to be more transparent.

Meanwhile, varsity athletics activities have been put on hold after a confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 at a student residence on the University of Alberta campus.

A statement from the university in Edmonton says five members of the men’s residence of St. Joseph’s College have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

They are isolating, along with 14 other men living at the residence, and the university says areas the five have had access to are being sanitized and deep cleaned.

The website for the residence says, along with spiritual direction and daily mass, the residence is also a leader of the university’s intramural sports program.

The university says it doesn’t know which sports may have been specifically affected, but is shutting down in-person varsity athletics for the next two weeks.

It says individuals who may have been exposed will be contacted by health officials.
The statement says all other residences at the University of Alberta are considered safe and the risk of exposure is low.

Alberta’s last COVID-19 update on Thursday reported 1,424 active cases and 255 deaths.

The number of reported cases has been on the upswing in Alberta in recent weeks, though hospitalizations haven’t been noticeably increasing.

— With files from The Canadian Press


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