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Mill Woods care home outbreak grows, COVID-19 case count now at 101

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WATCH ABOVE: (Oct. 16) Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw updates the COVID-19 numbers for the province on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, when there were 2,836 active cases - more than half of which were in the Edmonton Zone. Hinshaw also updated the cases in schools.

A COVID-19 outbreak at the Shepherd’s Care Millwoods Long Term Care Centre has swelled to 101 cases, with 60 of those cases found in residents on the facility’s 3rd floor.

Another patient died this week, bringing the total patients who have passed away from the virus to eight.

Twenty-one residents have recovered from the virus, meaning there are still 31 residents with active cases.

“This quick recovery time, along with our successful containment of the outbreak to the 3rd floor, is a result of the swift and decisive action we took in the early days of the pandemic,” said Shepherd’s Care in a statement on its website. “We are continuing to work with our partners at AHS to manage the outbreak.”

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Over the weekend, Shepherd’s Care said staff cases are now at 41, an increase of ten compared to the week before. 

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Twenty-seven of the staff who are ill with COVID-19 work for Shepherd’s Care, another ten are placement students or support staff, and four are Alberta Health Services staff.

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Thirteen staff cases are now recovered.

Alberta’s chief medial officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, warned Friday that as more cases pop up in the community, the risk of more outbreaks in vulnerable population continues.

“As our community transmission goes up, so too does the risk of introducing the virus into our acute care and continuing-care facilities where our most vulnerable community members are,” Hinshaw said.

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Alberta records another 332 cases of COVID-19 as Hinshaw urges flu vaccination

On Friday, 332 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Alberta, bringing active cases to 2,836.

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