12 more cases of COVID-19 identified at Calgary s Foothills Medical Centre

12 more cases of COVID-19 identified at Calgary s Foothills Medical Centre
Workers at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary say they are worried about contracting coronavirus and bringing it home to their families.


CALGARY -- Five more patients and seven more health-care workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in connection with an outbreak at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, officials reported Sunday.

There are 136 staff in isolation, with 25 health-care staff and 25 patients having tested positive for the disease so far.

There have been no new deaths since Saturday. Four people have died since the outbreak was first discovered earlier this month.

"I wouldnt say staff are constantly on edge, I would say that people are definitely more vigilant now," said Dr. Rachel Grimminck with the hospitals medical staff association.

"(There is) certainly worry about contracting the infection ourselves, but also bringing that home to our families."

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta s chief medical officer of health, says the province is investigating the cause of the outbreak, including reports of a visitor not wearing a mask inside the hospital and staff members working while possibly being symptomatic.

"We dont want to be in a place where we need to look at restricting visitation again," said Grimminck.

AHS says it is working to determine where the infection started.

"Multiple teams are working daily to determine where the infection may have started, how it was transmitted and who needs to be contacted and tested to limit exposure. This is standard procedure in our contact tracing that we implement with any outbreak."
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