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“Most of us care about health care right now. We need to do what we can to control community transmission and keep an eye on the number of cases we need to manage. ”
The significant spike in hospitalizations to 101 on Thursday is, in part, due to outbreaks at Foothills in Calgary and at Misericordia Community Hospital in Edmonton.
A total of 46 patients at Foothills have tested positive. Of these, 11 have died, 11 are active cases and 24 have recovered.
A total of 38 health workers and five visitors also tested positive.
The specific source of the outbreaks in several hospital units has yet to be confirmed by the Alberta health services, which continue to investigate to better prevent it from happening again.
“The preliminary conclusion we have come to is that we don’t think there is a single source that explains all of the outbreaks we see,” Jamieson explained.
“We have the ability to test the individual samples that we have collected for their fingerprints, so to speak, their viral fingerprint. It’s about seeing if we can go with the flow of a specific version of the virus and that requires collaboration with some pretty sophisticated people and lab techniques, and all of these resources are under a lot of pressure right now.
He said this type of investigation takes time because of the “extensive detective work”.
There were 101 hospitalizations across the province on Thursday, including 16 intensive care patients, which is the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alberta at one time.
According to Alberta Health, a total of 974 Albertans have been hospitalized with COVID-19, of which 179 required intensive care.
There have been 2,738 active cases in the province reported in Thursday’s update.
The 244 newly identified cases come from 12,721 tests. Alberta Health has confirmed a total of 21,443 COVID-19 cases and 18,417 recoveries.
Of the active cases, 1,497 are in the Edmonton area, 788 in the Calgary area, 191 in the south area, 130 in the north area and 116 in the central area.
Another death was recorded Thursday of a man in his 80s who was linked to the outbreak at Millwoods Shepherd’s Care Center in the Edmonton area.
On Twitter, Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, noted that it will be at least one to two weeks before an expected drop in new cases due to increased voluntary restrictions introduced in Edmonton.
“I encourage all Albertans, especially in the Edmonton area, to be extremely diligent now,” she said Thursday.