Two more patients and one staff member at the Misericordia Community Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the latest update from Covenant Health.
The Misericordia is operating under a full facility outbreak closure due to COVID-19. As of Saturday, 17 patients and 17 staff members at the hospital have tested positive for the virus.
“Alberta Health has learned that one of the deaths previously linked to the Misericordia outbreak has now been reclassified as due to other causes, and is no longer considered as linked to COVID-19,” stated an update posted to Covenant Health’s website.
“To date, a total of five deaths have been connected to this outbreak.”
As the hospital is under outbreak restrictions, no patients are being admitted to the hospital and day procedures and visits are being postponed or rescheduled to another Edmonton hospital.
Patients in the Misericordia will continue to receive treatment, care and support but visitors will only be allowed in “end of life” situations.
“We care deeply for our patients and staff,” Saturday’s update stated. “We are doing everything we can to contain transmission and keep patients and the public safe and healthy.”
On Friday, the province recorded 77 new cases of COVID-19, the highest single day rise since mid-May. Alberta Health is no longer providing updated case numbers of COVID-19 on the weekends. The next update with the latest numbers is expected to be on Monday.
There have been 107,126 total cases of COVID-19 and 8,759 deaths across the country, the latest numbers from the Government of Canada show. Globally, there have been 12,322,395 confirmed cases and 556,335 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.