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Since Foothills Medical Centre is the southern Alberta centre for a variety of services like trauma, high-risk obstetrics and strokes, the Calgary hospital isn’t likely to close intake in the same way Edmonton’s Misericordia Community Hospital did when it battled an outbreak of COVID-19 in June.
On Saturday, AHS reported a fourth patient had died as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, a man in his 70s.
As of Friday, 136 healthcare workers were self-isolating as a result of possible exposure.
Province reaches milestone of one million people tested
Minister of Health Tyler Shandro expressed his gratitude for medical and lab staff who reached a testing milestone over the weekend. Over one million Albertans have now been tested for COVID-19 at least once since the pandemic started.
Over the weekend, the number of cases increased in Alberta by 60 on Friday, 184 on Saturday and 162 on Sunday. These results come from 16,318 completed tests on Friday, 16,365 tests on Saturday and 18,581 on Sunday.
A total of 17,749 cases have been confirmed in the province, including 15,935 total recoveries, 265 deaths and 1,549 active cases.
There are currently 63 people in hospital, including 15 requiring intensive care.
Four deaths from COVID-19 were recorded over the weekend, including the patient at Foothills Medical Centre, a man in his 80s and a man in his 90s linked to an outbreak at Millwoods Shepherds Care Centre in Edmonton, and a man in his 60s from the Edmonton zone who was not in continuing care.