An Outbreak Of COVID-19 Is Happening At A Calgary Apartment Building Right Now
There are a dozen cases.
Perhaps now is not the time to get to know your neighbours. A Calgary apartment building is the latest spot to experience a COVID-19 outbreak. Alberta Health Services (AHS) has written a letter to the staff, residents, and visitors of Verve Condominiums in Calgary, notifying them of the situation. People who live and work at Verve apartment building have been told to get tested and be vigilant.
The building is in the East Village neighbourhood of Calgary. It's a 25-storey The New Calgary. There are a total of 288 suites, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to spacious penthouses., according to its property management group,
According to CTV News, a total of 12 COVID-19 cases have been recorded at the condo building as of the evening of June 24.
The Government of Alberta usually labels a site an "outbreak" if more than five cases of the disease have been confirmed.
But the outbreak at Verve hasn't been listed on the official website just yet. Though AHS' letter makes it clear that Verve residents need to stay alert during this period.
The letter mentions that residents don't necessarily need to go into self-isolation. People who actually have COVID-19, are showing symptoms, or those who've been in close contact with someone with the disease should be quarantined.
Others have been told to monitor.
But to reduce the risk to neighbours, residents are being encouraged to get examined.
Anyone in Alberta, with or without symptoms, can.
All safety and hygienic practices that have been stressed by AHS over and over again need to be followed, says the letter.
This includes washing one's hands regularly, deep sanitation practices, covering sneezes and coughs, avoiding touching one's face, and more.
Plus, residents are being told to wear masks whenever possible.
AHS inspectors have visited the building already to "inspect both the food establishments and housing areas," explained the note.
The inspectors said that the building has been carrying out procedures as required. "No concerning lapses in procedures were identified," said AHS.
The investigation is ongoing, with the health department looking at both person-to-person transmissions and spread through common surfaces.
Narcity has reached out to The New Calgary for comment and we will update this story when we have a response.