ALBERTA NEWS HEADLINES FOR THE WEEK ENDING Oct 3, 2020

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What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Saturday, Oct. 3

As of Thursday, 290 health-care workers were self-isolating. AHS said that number would be updated twice weekly.

An outbreak has also been declared in one unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. According to Alberta Health Services, the outbreak involves three health-care workers. At-risk patients in the unit have been tested and no positive COVID-19 cases have been identified among patients. AHS did not identify which health unit was affected.

The largest outbreak at a health-care institution so far in the province involved the Misericordia Community Hospital in west Edmonton, which has reopened after closing its doors to new patients in early July in response to a full-facility outbreak that killed 11 and infected 58.

There are 1,558 active COVID-19 cases in Alberta as of Friday. Of the 64 people in hospital, 15 are in intensive care.

Here’s the regional breakdown of active cases reported on Friday:

  • Edmonton zone: 835 cases, down 16 from Thursday’s update.
  • Calgary zone: 568 cases, down 19.
  • North zone: 104 cases, up 2.
  • South zone: 31 cases, down 1.
  • Central zone: 19 cases, unchanged.
  • Unknown: 1 case, down 4.
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