A dozen people infected during a COVID-19 outbreak at Foothills hospital


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Staff members are screened on arrival for their shifts and wear masks when on duty, AHS said.

Foothills faced an outbreak of COVID-19 in its obstetrics unit in early last spring, when seven staff members tested positive for the virus.

After Postmedia initially reported this story, the province revised its COVID-19 outbreak reporting policy, pledging to be more transparent.

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

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

They are isolating themselves, with 14 other men living in the residence, and the university says the areas the five have had access to are undergoing sanitation and deep cleaning.

The residency website states, along with spiritual direction and daily mass, the residency is also a leader in the university’s intramural sports program.

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

He says people who may have been exposed will be contacted by health officials.
The statement says all other University of Alberta residences 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 increased in Alberta in recent weeks, although hospitalizations have not increased significantly.

– With files from the Canadian Press

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