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AHS reported COVID-19 outbreaks at 14 Alberta hospitals

Over the past 3 weeks, Alberta Health Services has declared COVID-19 outbreaks at hospitals in all 5 of the provinces health zones.

Yesterday, Alberta Health Services updated their Acute Care Outbreaks in Alberta report for COVID-19. In it, they indicated that hospitals in all 5 health zones had seen outbreaks in September.

Health zoneOutbreaks
North1
Edmonton7
Central4
Calgary3
South2

North Zone

In the North Zone, AHS declared an outbreak on 8 September at the Peace River Healthcare Centre, where 7 patients and 1 healthcare worker tested positive for COVID-19.

Edmonton Zone

The first hospital in the Edmonton to receive outbreak status was Misericordia Community Hospital, where 4 individuals in one unit of the hospital were reported as having tested positive as of 2 September. No word on how many were patients and how many were healthcare workers.

17 days later, Misericordia received a second outbreak notice, with 9 individuals in a different unit were declared positive. This was an increase of 1 since the previous update for this unit.

Devon General Hospital was the next hospital to receive an outbreak classification, when AHS declared on 6 September that 7 patients and 6 healthcare workers in one unit there had tested positive.

Two days later, AHS declared an outbreak at Royal Alexandra Hospital, where 10 patients and 2 healthcare workers in one unit tested positive.

Less than a week later, on the 14th, 18 patients and 3 healthcare workers in a different unit at Royal Alexandra were listed as having tested positive, and increase of 1 and decrease of 2, respectively, since the previous update.

And on the 22nd, a third unit had 10 patients test positive. That’s a total of 41 patients at this one hospital.

The next hospital to be listed with an outbreaks by AHS was Sturgeon Community Hospital, which had 6 patients listed as positive as of 10 September.

The University of Alberta Hospital was next on the list, with AHS declaring outbreak status there just two days later after 5 patients in one unit tested positive. A separate unit had 3 patients test positive 6 days later, on the 18th.

AHS then declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Grey Nuns Community Hospital next, with 6 individuals testing positive. This was an increase of 3 since the previous update, and there was no delineation between patients and healthcare workers.

The final hospital in the Edmonton Zone to receive outbreak status was Leduc Community Hospital, when 2 patients in one unit tested positive for COVID-19 on 19 September.

Central Zone

The first hospital in the Central Zone to receive outbreak status from AHS was the Vermillion Health Centre, which had 5 individuals test positive for COVID-19 on 2 September. As with other similar situations mentioned earlier, AHS didn’t specify how many of these individuals were patients and how many were healthcare workers.

Three days later, AHS declared an outbreak at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, where 3 patients in a inpatient unit tested positive.

It wasn’t for nearly two more weeks until the third hospital had an outbreak, when 1 person tested positive in the acute care unit at Three Hills Health Centre on 18 September. No word on whether they were a patient of healthcare worker.

The most recent outbreak was declared just 4 days ago at Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, where 2 patients in the acute care unit had tested positive.

Calgary Zone

The three outbreak notice in the Calgary Zone were declared within 3 days of each other. The first was at the Foothills Medical Centre, where 10 patients and 4 healthcare workers tested positive for COVID-19 in one unit on the 12th. In the previous report, only 1 healthcare worker had tested positive.

Two days later, 8 patients tested positive at the South Health Campus, and 9 patients tested positive the following day at the Peter Lougheed Centre.

South Zone

Lethbridge was the first city to receive an outbreak notice in the South Zone, after 9 patients and 5 healthcare workers in one unit at Chinook Regional Hospital tested positive as of 1 September. Two weeks later, 7 patients and 1 healthcare worker in a different unit also tested positive.

Finally, on 21 September, AHS declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. 5 patients have tested positive there since the outbreak had been declared, an increase of 1 since the previous update.

According to AHS, patients with symptoms or who have tested positive are isolated and treated in designated rooms. Hospital staff have tested all at-risk patients in each unit, and AHS reported that they are continuing contact tracing for patients and healthcare workers.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news stories, focusing on politics and labour.

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