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Coronavirus outbreaks hitting Calgary homeless shelters

Last Updated May 14, 2020 at 9:38 am MDT

A look outside the Alpha House in Calgary. (CREDIT: Calgary Alpha House Society, Facebook)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – There are currently 34 outbreaks in the Calgary area, including at a couple homeless shelters.

In an update posted Wednesday, the Alpha House said there are seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the centre.

Alpha House said programs are still being offered with reduced capacity and additional health and safety measures in place.

Meanwhile, the Calgary Drop-In Centre reported five cases earlier this month which is also considered an outbreak by Alberta Health Services (AHS).

Thankfully, the centre hasn’t recorded any new cases since then.

“We thank the community for their support, and we appreciate the swift action from Alberta Health Services, Safeworks and Alberta Public Health who ensured everyone was promptly tested,” said the Drop-In Centre in a statement.

According to AHS, an outbreak is declared at any facility recording more than two cases, showing signs of transmission.

Other outbreaks that have been recorded in Calgary in the last month include a Canada Post office, a Purolator warehouse and the Amazon fulfillment centre in Balzac.