Another update on the Calgary-area E. coli outbreak has been provided by AHS.
As of September 8, 2023, there are 142 laboratory-confirmed cases and 26 hospitalizations, with five patients having been discharged.
The outbreak was declared over the Labour Day long weekend, and 11 childcare facilities were ordered to close.
During a live update, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Franco Rizzuti said four of those facilities (Fueling Brains Bridgeland, Little Oak Early Education, Almond Branch School, and Braineer Academy) haven't had any cases connected to them, and can reopen on Monday.
The other seven will begin to reopen next week.
"Children and staff will require clearance from Alberta Health Services, we call it a rescind letter, to attend this or any other childcare facility. This is in order to prevent any further transmission of infection," says Rizzuti.
He adds, "No facility is allowed to reopen without our strict regulations being adhered to, and I really do want to reiterate that we only reopen the facility if we are confident that health and safety will not be affected."
On the increasing cases, Rizzuti says they're expected to stabilize soon.
"The rate that we see these new cases are what we would expect, it's in keeping with a single source of infection. We do anticipate our case numbers will stabilize as we move into the weekend and next week."
AHS has launched a website with more information on the outbreak.