Edmonton dropped from COVID-19 watchlist; new outbreak at seniors home

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The city announced Thursday it had created a new expanded “escalation model” with plans for handling a potential second-wave or substantial outbreak. It also said it was responding to higher case numbers locally by increasing enforcement patrols where cases are high, focusing on education and messaging, and increasing its meetings with Alberta Health Services to three times a week.

20 outbreaks in the Edmonton area

Meantime, an outbreak was declared at another seniors facility in Edmonton, with three cases reported at Greater Edmonton Foundation Seniors Housing Beverly Place. There are outbreaks at 14 health care and supportive living facilities in the city.

The outbreak at Health Link climbed to six cases Friday.

Good Samaritan Southgate, the site of Alberta’s deadliest outbreak to date with 31 resident fatalities, didn’t report any additional deaths or cases Friday. According to its website, there are 12 active cases among residents and four among staff, for a total of 112 cases including recoveries.

Alberta Health corrected the number of cases in the outbreak at Bright Horizons daycare Friday to five cases, rather than six.

It also provided updates on other health care and supportive living outbreaks, including both active and recovered cases. They are Grey Nuns Community Hospital (5), Shepherd’s Care Kensington Village (4), Shepherd’s Care Vanguard (2), Capital Care Dickinsfield (4), Extendicare Eaux Claires (2), Hardisty Care Centre (4), Catholic Social Services St. Rita (3), ICE Southridge Group Home (5), Lifestyle Options Schonsee Retirement Community (9), Salvation Army Grace Manor (3), and Tralee Residential Services (11).

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