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Coronavirus: Where Alberta’s COVID-19 outbreaks are

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, NIAID-RML

Editor’s note: 630 CHED has archived this story and will no longer be updating it. Find a link to the province’s outbreak list here

Alberta Health has released a comprehensive list of all the locations across the province where a COVID-19 outbreak has been declared.

“I know the word outbreak may seem alarming… but it is important to remember, the outbreaks we are posting are any sites that there are two or more cases,” chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said.

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According to Hinshaw, an outbreak is declared when two staff members or residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at acute care and long-term care facilities.

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Outbreaks are declared at other facilities once there are five positive tests.

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A “precautionary outbreak” is declared if just one person tests positive. The outbreak will only be lifted once there are no new positive cases for for two incubation periods.

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An incubation period lasts two weeks and starts when a case is identified, not when the outbreak is declared.

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The government updates the list every Tuesday and Friday. View link »

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— With files from Karen Bartko, Global News

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