Edmonton’s active COVID-19 cases more than double Toronto’s; Hinshaw calls continuing surge ‘a wake-up call’

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Hinshaw said a staff member at Grey Nuns Community Hospital tested positive over the weekend and was working on a unit that was caring for three people. She said the staff member became infected in the community, not at the hospital. Covenant Health took measures to mitigate possible spread by closing the unit to patient transfers and discharges, limiting visitation to exceptional circumstances only and performing enhanced cleaning.

Hinshaw said the province is working with the city closely as cases continue to climb and no additional measures are needed at this time.

Kris Berezanski, a senior communications adviser with the City of Edmonton, said in an email a team of city employees has been formed to look at potential responses involving different business lines, services facilities, programs and staffing needs if the number of active cases increases significantly.

“We also continue to communicate to Edmontonians about the various health measures they should be taking to protect themselves and those around them,” he said. “The city is asking residents to continue to be diligent and follow all public health guidelines, including good hand hygiene, adhering to gathering restrictions and wearing a face covering or mask.”

Earlier in the day, Mayor Don Iveson tweeted that he was “concerned and disappointed” by the city’s COVID-19 surge.

“We’re reaching out to (Alberta Health Services) to get more details on this rise in cases so we can help protect communities most at risk & message public health and safety guidelines,” he tweeted.

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