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222 facilities across the province are experiencing outbreaks
Alberta’s fifth wave is driving yet another rapid surge of COVID-19 outbreaks in continuing care homes.
Data provided to CBC News by Alberta Health late Thursday shows there are 222 open outbreaks in long-term care and supportive living facilities in the province. Those involve 2,250 active cases in residents and staff.
The active case numbers are higher than any previous wave of the pandemic. At the peak of the devastating second wave a year ago, there were 232 outbreaks involving 1,331 active cases.
“We still need to be diligent and wrestle this thing to the ground,” said Wayne Morishita, executive director of the Alberta Continuing Care Association, who’s been watching as the highly transmissible Omicron variant drives outbreak numbers sky high.
Calgary police have arrested two people accused of ripping off a grandmother and other seniors by impersonating law enforcement officers.
They say the latest in a series of scams targeted a grandmother who was contacted by someone posing as her grandson, who requested money for bail after being arrested.
“The conversation was then turned over to a man who impersonated a police officer and told the victim that she needed to pay thousands of dollars in bail fees,” police said in a news release.
The woman was told a court-appointed courier would arrive at her home to collect the cash.
“A couple of days later, an unknown woman attended the home to take the victim’s money,” said police, who added officers are never involved in arranging bail payments.
The suspect woman, who hasn’t been identified and is still being sought, is described as being between 20 and 25 years of age and wearing a blue mask, dark winter coat, a black winter hat and blue jeans.