Last Updated: October 23, 2020
All services at the Foothills Medical Centre (FMC) remain in place. The site is the city’s largest hospital and provides specialized care such as trauma care, acute cardiac and stroke care.
There are no new deaths or COVID-19 cases in patients or visitors linked to the outbreaks. There are three new COVID-19 cases in healthcare workers (HCWs).
As of today, October 21, approximately 80 per cent of the 319 HCWs who have been restricted at FMC due to the COVID-19 outbreaks are able to return to work – provided they have not been symptomatic or tested positive. This figure is based on HCWs who have been restricted from work for 14 days which is the standard in outbreak situations.
Four units remain on outbreak status and two units are on watch.
The next update will be provided on Monday, October 26.
FMC Case Numbers
- No new patient case of COVID-19 linked to the outbreaks. The cumulative number of confirmed patient cases remains at 47. There are five active COVID-19 patients linked to these outbreaks who are still receiving care in hospital.
- One new healthcare worker associated with the outbreaks has tested positive. The total cumulative number of positive healthcare workers is 43. Thirty-six are eligible to return to work.
- No additional deaths are reported today. Total deaths linked to this outbreak remains at 12. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families and friends who have lost loved ones.
- No new visitors have been linked to the outbreaks today. The number of positive visitors remains at five.
- From September 19 to October 21, a cumulative total of 319 healthcare workers (HCWs) have been restricted from work at some point during the outbreak investigation due to association with outbreak units or contact tracing. *This cumulative number is updated twice weekly.
- As of today, October 21, approximately 80 per cent of the 319 HCWs who have been restricted at FMC due to the COVID-19 outbreaks are able to return to work – provided they have not been symptomatic or tested positive. This approximate figure is based on HCWs who have been restricted from work for 14 days which is the standard in outbreak situations.
- More than 4,000 COVID-19 tests have been completed onsite with healthcare workers and physicians since the outbreak was declared.
- Four units remain on outbreak status, and one unit is on watch.
- Watch - One unit providing care to hematology, cancer, and bone marrow transplant patients. No patients on this unit have been found to have COVID-19.
- Watch - One neurology/neurosurgery unit, due to one individual whose infection is believed to be linked to community transmission (not acquired at FMC).
- Outbreak – Two cardiac care units.
- Outbreak – Two general medicine units.
* Counts may be corrected following further review and ongoing case investigation.
Surgeries & Visitation
- No surgeries are postponed today due to the outbreak.
- All scheduled surgical procedures slated from September 30 to today have been completed as planned.
- Of the 45 surgeries that have been postponed during the outbreak, 43 have been rescheduled.
- The decision to postpone additional surgeries is being made on a daily basis going forward and is dependent on staff availability. AHS recognizes that rescheduling elective procedures may be stressful and worrisome. These decisions are carefully considered with patient safety at the centre of each individual circumstance. Emergency surgeries are continuing.
- Enhanced visitor restrictions are in effect site-wide. While we appreciate this may be difficult for patients, families and friends, visitation to FMC is restricted to end of life situations or pre-approved essential visitors.
- Multiple teams are working daily to determine where the infection may have started, how it was transmitted and who needs to be contacted and tested to limit exposure. This is standard procedure in our contact tracing that we implement with any outbreak.
- All patients who may have been linked to these outbreaks have been identified and testing is well underway.
- Healthcare workers who may have been affected have also been identified and engagement with this group is ongoing.
Hospital Safety Care Delivery
- All of the services usually offered at the Foothills Medical Centre remain in place and we are working hard to ensure the availability of specialized and staff physicians to continue to provide these services.
- Any patient with symptoms, or who has tested positive for COVID-19, is isolated and treated in designated rooms.
- Enhanced cleaning continues on the affected units and outbreak signage is in place.
- Staff have been provided all necessary PPE, including eye protection, for all outbreak and watch units.
- FMC staff, physicians, and leaders are updated on the outbreak situation via daily emails and regular town-hall meetings.
- Information gathered from previous outbreak experiences is included in these venues, to ensure transparent communication of lessons learned.
- Rooms have been reconfigured and beds have been blocked as much as possible to create private care spaces.
- Patients and staff on the impacted units are screened twice daily and temperature checks are in place at unit entrances.
- Visitation to FMC is restricted to end of life situations or pre-approved essential visitors.