COVID-19: Misericordia begins accepting new patients as province announces 84 new cases Friday

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AHS announced the Misericordia would reopen the emergency department and labour and delivery services Friday. Ambulatory appointments and surgical services will begin during a phased reopening. A news release issued by AHS Friday said there have been no new cases at the facility since July 17 and the outbreak is now officially declared over.

There was a total of 58 cases related to the outbreak, including 31 patients, two visitors and 25 staff. A total of 11 patients died.

“Early in the outbreak at the Misericordia, we took significant measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of patients, staff, physicians, and volunteers,” said Dr. David Zygun, medical director of AHS Edmonton Zone in the release. “With an abundance of caution, and nearly a month without a new case linked to the initial outbreak, we are confident the site is ready to begin accepting incoming patients to a safe environment of care.”

The Alberta Health website shows there are currently 11 outbreaks in the Edmonton Zone. There are three at long-term care centres, including Extendicare Eaux Claires and Miller Crossing Care Centre.

The 84 new cases announced Friday brings the total number of active cases in Alberta to 1,036. The Edmonton Zone continues to have the highest number of those cases, with 497. Calgary follows with 305 cases and northern Alberta has 103.

Central and southern Alberta have 81 and 45 cases, respectively. There are five cases with an unknown location.

There have been 12,053 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alberta since the beginning of the pandemic, with 10,796 having recovered.

A total of 48 people are in Alberta hospitals with COVID-19, 13 of whom are in intensive care.

Provincial labs have completed 801,360 tests on 652,819 people.

There have been 121,234 cases of COVID-19 and 9,015 deaths across the country, show the latest numbers from Health Canada. Globally, there have been 20,730,456 cases 751,154 related deaths, the World Health Organization reports.

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