Two new coronavirus cases announced in Calgary care centres

Apr 1 2020, 3:31 pm

A total of 41 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 have been detected throughout four Alberta care facilities.

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, announced the province’s total numbers and new outbreaks in an update on Wednesday.

The outbreaks in Calgary have affected the McKenzie Towne Long-Term care facility with 35 residents testing positive, Carewest Glenmore Park with one confirmed resident affected, and one case confirmed at the Father Lacombe Care Centre.

Edmonton currently has four cases at the Shepherd’s Care Kensington facility — a number that has not changed since Tuesday.

Dr. Hinshaw assured the public that these care centres have implemented strict infection protocol in the facilities in line with flu and other viral outbreak protocol.

This includes increasing cleaning and sanitizing procedures to several times a day, and daily screening of staff for possible symptoms.

“Alberta Health Services Medical Officers of Health are in daily contact with sites, and, where needed, are providing additional support to make sure enhanced care and cleaning standards are followed,” Dr. Hinshaw said during the press conference.

“These are measures that are being followed across Canada, and have been proven to stop outbreaks of influenza and other viruses.”