Alberta Health Services has postponed surgeries and is restricting visitors at the Foothills hospital as part of its response to ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks.
The organization says 39 surgeries will be rescheduled due to staffing restrictions and the reduced number of available beds.
A total of 53 people have now been infected as part of the outbreaks that started in two cardiac units and a general medicine unit at the Foothills Medical Centre.
“As of today, visitation at FMC will be temporarily restricted to end-of-life situations or pre-approved essential visitors only,” AHS said in a news release.
“We know this is difficult for everyone and we will do all we can to keep these additional restrictions in place for as short a time as possible.”
The emergency department remains open and will continue to provide surgery. AHS says it is “working hard” to ensure the availability of specialized staff.
“There are a total of 26 positive patient cases linked to the FMC outbreaks and 27 positive health-care workers,” reads the release.
AHS says the number of health-care workers who are in isolation will be updated twice weekly. The latest tally, issued Friday, was 136.
Four patients have died as a result of outbreaks at the Calgary hospital.
AHS says contact tracing continues along with enhanced screening, and infection prevention and control measures continue to be in place.
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