Active outbreaks in 4 hospitals in the Calgary area, reports from Alberta Health Services

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CALGARY – A patient at the Peter Lougheed Center in Calgary is among 31 new deaths reported by the province on Saturday, a new record number of deaths from COVID-19.
Alberta Health says the victim, a woman in her 60s, died on Jan.5, but her death had not been confirmed to be due to COVID-19 until now. We do not know what are its comorbidities.

The province also reported 989 new cases of COVID from 13,540 tests carried out on January 8.

The number of deaths reported by the province on Saturday is the largest daily total in the entire pandemic, even though 21 of those deaths occurred last week and three as of January 8.

“We are committed to sharing the information as soon as it becomes available,” said Tom McMillan, assistant director of communications for Alberta Health, in an email. “There may be a delay in the case of a death reported to Alberta Health or a confirmed post-mortem death with COVID-19 as a contributing cause.

There are active outbreaks in four Calgary-area hospitals, including three in the city of Calgary, Alberta Health Services reported on Friday.

There are two outbreak status units at Foothills Medical Center and 14 patients and three health workers have active cases. AHS says two deaths have been attributed to the outbreak that was declared on December 29, 2020.

At the Peter Lougheed Center, there are currently six units listed as outbreaks, including:

  • One lung unit (declared on November 21, 2020) – three patients, one death;

  • A medicine / geriatrics unit (declared December 10, 2020) – two patients, two health workers;

  • A seasonal influenza unit (declared December 14, 2020) – two health workers;

  • A mental health unit (declared on December 17, 2020) – one patient;

  • The emergency department (declared December 19, 2020) – two patients, 24 healthcare workers and;

  • One hematology unit (declared December 23, 2020) – four patients.

AHS says there are also two epidemic units at South Health Campus (two patients and four sick healthcare workers) and one epidemic unit at Strathmore Hospital (four sick patients).

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