EDMONTON – Officials at Edmonton’s Misericordia Community Hospital confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 at his hospital on Saturday, as epidemics continue to plague two units.
On Saturday, the hospital had 10 patients who tested positive for the virus, an increase of one case since Friday. There were also eight staff members who tested positive, an increase of one since Friday.
A hospital patient also died from the virus.
New cases were reported the same day Alberta recorded the largest increase in COVID-19 cases since May.
Hospital officials said the epidemic protocols have been implemented and that only urgent emergency and oncology surgeries are underway.
But some say the authorities are not doing enough to inform people of the epidemic.
“They should make a better effort to inform people. Even road signs before entering the area let people know, at least you have the option to turn around and leave, “said Michael Dumes.
Dumes dropped her sister-in-law in hospital on Saturday to feed her newborn baby, who is still in hospital.
“It would be nice to know before we go home because she was here this morning and she never said anything about it, so maybe they don’t tell people to come in and out.”
“I had no idea,” said Damien Cournoyer, who is a patient in the hospital.
Cournoyer said he washed his hands, wore a mask and took precautions, but was concerned about the news of the epidemic.
“It’s not great, especially from a small town, you always think of going back there and you never know what you bring to a small community.”
All the patients in the affected units are tested, as well as the staff members who worked there were present in the units, even if they showed no symptoms.
Visitors to affected units are limited.