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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.
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: On June 9, Alberta Health listed Carewest Garrison Green in Calgary as having an outbreak. On June 10, Dr. Deena Hinshaw clarified that two staffers had tested positive but it is not an active outbreak. This story and the interactive map have been updated to reflect the new information. 

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.

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 four weeks.

As of July 14, there were 10 outbreaks listed by Alberta Health Services, including Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton.

Both patients and staff tested positive at the Misericordia, while only staff members had tested positive at Alberta Hospital when the outbreak was announced on June 23.

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Also on the list are long-term care facilities, acute-care facilities and supportive living/home living sites, as well as a high-rise condo building in Calgary.

One of the outbreaks included in the list was linked back to family gatherings. As Alberta Health did not include addresses, specific locations are not included in the map below.

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July 14 marked the first time no new outbreaks were added compared to the previous list since Alberta Health began publishing it.

Four Edmonton restaurants were added to the list on June 30 and Hinshaw encouraged anyone who had gone to one of those locations to get tested.

As of July 10, none of the restaurants were on the list.

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The government updates the list every Tuesday and Friday. This story and map will be updated on those days as well.

Below are where all the confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks across the province, listed by Alberta Health Services zone.

North Zone

Other facilities and settings

  • Family gatherings, La Crete

Edmonton Zone

Acute care facilities

  • Misericordia Community Hospital, Edmonton

Long term care

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  • Good Samaritan (Southgate), Edmonton

Central Zone

  • None, as of July 14

Calgary Zone

Long term care facilities

  • Carewest Garrison Green, Calgary
  • Father Lacombe Nursing Home, Calgary
  • Generations Calgary

Other facilities and settings

  • Verve apartment building, Calgary
  • FGL Sports Warehouse, Calgary

South Zone

Supportive Living/Home Living Sites

  • South County Village, Medicine Hat

Other facilities and settings

  • Friesen Livestock Ltd, Medicine Hat
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