Alberta outbreak of Brazilian COVID-19 variant linked to three workplaces

06 Avril, 2021, 23:07 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Alberta health officials investigating two workplace outbreaks of P.1 coronavirus variant

Between the three sites, 26 cases of COVID-19 have been identified, with three cases identified as the P.1 variant, but Hinshaw said they expect more cases of the variant to emerge as they continue to screen COVID-19 samples.

Across the province, nearly 4,000 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded over the long weekend.

Alberta Health has refused to confirm the specifics of the outbreak but Postmedia obtained a letter sent by Alberta Health Services on Saturday confirming the outbreak occurred at PTW Energy Services.

She says the spread has been confined to three work sites in the central and north zones in which employees travelled between locations. So far, three of those infections are confirmed to be the Brazilian variant, but she added that was likely to increase as more results come in.

The second, unrelated P.1 outbreak has been reported at a workplace in Calgary Zone, Hinshaw said. "Anyone at risk is being directly contacted and supported".

Some are saying the province took concept of spring break a little too literally over the Easter long weekend, leaving COVID-concerned Albertans parched for information as the pandemic sprouted new variants. Variants of concern now represent just over 39 per cent of all active cases, up from 27 per cent last Monday.

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Alberta Health updated its online data on Monday afternoon, tallying up case numbers confirmed from Thursday to Sunday.

Over the weekend, the province learned of four new COVID-19-related deaths. The positivity rate was 9.9 per cent.

Zahara said it's frustrating that AHS has not been transparent with many communities especially as cases of the variants are rising.

"Please keep making safe choices and limit in-person interactions whenever possible to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 provincewide". The number of patients in intensive care units has grown more rapidly, up to 76 reported on Monday, almost double the 40 reported three weeks prior.

She thanked the public for their patience.

"These investigations are complex and it's important that we ensure information is accurate and that anyone at risk is directly contacted before sharing details", she said.

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