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Bobby-Joe Borodey, Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) vice-president, said the toll this will take on staff, especially those working overtime or having been reassigned, is heavy.
“It’s a mess,” said Borodey. “Just like everything else we have been experiencing through the pandemic, this outbreak just creates another climate of anxiety for our members to work in.”
AUPE represents about 3,500 staff members at Foothills. Borodey isn’t sure how many union members are directly impacted but anticipates it will grow in the coming days.
She said the biggest issue currently is that the government seemingly has no plan.
“As cases increase, the question is soon to be what’s the plan? Who’s going to fill these shifts when we don’t have workers that are available because they are isolating or need to spend an appropriate amount of time in quarantine?” said Borodey.
“It’s the nightmare all over again.”
On Tuesday, the province recorded 150 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the active case total to 1,565. Over the previous 24 hours, 14,264 tests were completed, meaning just over one per cent came back positive.
The Alberta Health Services Edmonton zone leads the province in the number of active cases, making up 52 per cent of the total. The Calgary zone represents about 31 per cent.
In the Calgary zone, there are 17 outbreak sites (not including schools).
Two additional deaths were reported Tuesday, bringing the provincial death toll to 258. It includes a Calgary man in his 80s who is linked to the outbreak at the Wentworth Manor long-term care facility in the city’s southwest, and a man in his 90s from the Edmonton zone.