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4 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in outbreak at Peter Lougheed hospital in Calgary

Alberta Health Services is dealing with a four-case outbreak of COVID-19 among staff members of a post-surgical unit at the Peter Lougheed Centre in northeast Calgary.

Deep cleaning underway at post-surgical unit after staff members infected, AHS says

Alberta Health Services says 4 staff members on a post-surgery unit at the Peter Lougheed Centre have tested positive for COVID-19, with one having already recovered. (CBC)

Alberta Health Services is dealing with a four-case outbreak of COVID-19 among staff members of a post-surgical unit at the Peter Lougheed Centre in northeast Calgary.

The person with the first case last worked at the hospital on July 5 and was confirmed positive on July 13.

No patients have tested positive, officials said. 

One of the infected staff members has since recovered and been cleared to return to work.

"Contact tracing is ongoing and, out of an abundance of caution, all patients on the unit identified as potentially exposed have been offered testing and swabbed," AHS spokesperson Kerry Williamson said in an email.

The unit is being deep cleaned, a staff break room has been closed and screening and surveillance of all health-care workers and patients has been enhanced.

"After review by infection prevention and control, the medical officer of health and AHS workplace health and safety, the unit remains open to admissions and continues to be a safe and appropriate place to receive and deliver care," Williamson said.

Visitors to the unit are limited to only end of life situations until further notice.

With files from Jennifer Lee

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