By Jensen, Randy on November 6, 2020.
An outbreak was declared by Alberta Health Services at Chinook Regional Hospital on Wednesday, after three health-care workers tested positive for COVID-19.
AHS South Zone said in a news release that no patient cases have been identified at this time and contact tracing for anyone potentially exposed to these individuals is ongoing.
The situation is under review by the Medical Officer of Health, Infection Prevention and Control specialists, site leadership and AHS Workplace Health and Safety, AHS noted in the release.
AHS said Chinook Regional Hospital remains a safe place to receive care and there is no increased risk to patients coming to the hospital. Any patient with symptoms, or who has tested positive for COVID-19, is isolated and treated in designated rooms.
Patients within the hospital will continue to receive the treatment, care and support they need. To keep everyone safe, visitors will be restricted to end-of-life situations only. Preplanned exceptions will be considered for labour and delivery, pediatrics and NICU, AHS said.
For visitation information and restrictions at AHS health-care facilities, visit https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page17001.aspx.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical health officer, was asked about the spike in cases in Lethbridge recently during her briefing on Thursday.
“I did ask my team to look into not just Lethbridge but looking into other larger centres because we are seeing some increasing cases, not just in Lethbridge, but in other areas across the province.
“Unfortunately, because the team has been very focused on some of the data issues today I don’t have that breakdown. I know that I have been speaking to my local officer of medical health colleague in Lethbridge to make sure that if there’s any additional supports that are needed that she knows she has my full backing. And to date, again, the local public health team has indicated to me that they feel that the measures that they have in place working with the City are adequate.
“So certainly when we have our data back up that is one of the things that I’m interested in knowing is whether that’s still the case, whether Lethbridge still does have the majority of cases coming from known sources and the ability to stop transmission.”
Meanwhile, University of Lethbridge was notified that a member of Pronghorn Athletics had tested positive for COVID-19.
Out of an abundance of caution, Pronghorn Athletics has suspended all team activities throughout its program until further notice.
The affected individual has not been with their team since first experiencing symptoms Monday evening, after which they immediately self-isolated and followed AHS and Pronghorn Athletics protocols. All those considered close contacts with the individual are also self-isolating.
Three members of the Coaldale Copperheads Heritage Junior Hockey League team have tested positive for COVID-19 resulting in games tonight and Saturday against the Medicine Hat Cubs being postponed.
One of the players was in a program where seven people tested positive at Lethbridge College. The other two players tested positive after being in contact with a friend and a family member, respectively.
None of the players played in the Copperheads home-and-home season opener against the Cubs last weekend.
As a result of the positive tests, Copperheads head coach Doug Paisley said his team will be in isolation until next Wednesday.
“We can’t play this weekend and we’ll be back on the ice after Remembrance Day.”
The Copperheads will resume their schedule Nov. 22 in Cochrane against the Generals.