CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A man in his 70’s from the Calgary area and a woman in her 80’s from Northern Alberta are the latest to die from COVID-19.
During the provincial update Thursday afternoon, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw confirmed 162 new cases of the virus which now brings the total to 2,158.
JUST IN: two additional deaths due to COVID-19 in the province.
one of those was a man in his 70's in Calgary area. The other was a woman in her 80's in the North Zone.
162 new cases were found for a total of 2,158.
— Jeff Slack (@Jeffslack660) April 16, 2020
Hinshaw did not provide in-depth details about where the cases are because of ongoing problems caused by a small fire at one of their data centres.
“Late Tuesday night, a power failure in our data centre caused a small electrical fire and brought down, unfortunately, our reporting system.”
Following the new numbers, seven staff members in the maternity ward at Foothills Hospital have tested positive for the virus.
Hinshaw said AHS took immediate action to prevent any spread and there have been no new cases in several days.
“No patients were affected, and no new staff cases have been reported in the past week.”
WATCH: Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw providing COVID-19 update
“I want to ensure Albertans there is no increased risk to pregnant patients coming to the Foothills Medical Centre,” added Hinshaw.
“The maternity units continues to be a safe and appropriate place to deliver babies and receive care.”
Hinshaw is also urging Albertans to keep their habits in check during the pandemic since COVID-19 is a respiratory virus. She says smoking can affect your lung function and too much drinking could worsen mental health.
On smoking/vaping: Hinshaw says they can expose the lungs to toxic chemicals. Not sure if it is increases the risk of catching it, but can make the virus worse if contracted.
Hinshaw says it also means you're touching your face.
Urges people to quit or cut down use.
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