Hinshaw reported that six cases have been confirmed at Canada Post’s main plant in Calgary, which is located near the city’s airport.
On its website, Canada Post says that “the World Health Organization (WHO) and Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) have assured us it is safe to handle mail, including international mail. … According to the PHAC, there is no known risk of coronaviruses entering Canada on parcels or packages.”
Hinshaw could not provide further details as to what specific mitigation efforts are currently underway at the Calgary facility.
“What happens in any outbreak … the cases are identified and asked questions when they start to have symptoms,” said Hinshaw. “Anyone who is a close contact would be required to be home in self-isolation for 14 days.”
Several outbreaks in Alberta have continued, with 678 cases at continuing care facilities (up by 46 since Thursday). The Cargill meat processing plant in High River has 95 active cases and 849 recoveries. There are 96 active cases among JBS meat-packing plant workers in Brooks, Alta. and 497 recovered patients. The Harmony Beef facility in Rocky View County has 21 active cases and 16 recoveries.
Among the province’s 6,017 total cases are 80 people in hospital (down by one since Thursday), which includes 17 in intensive care (down by one).
As of its last update, the province has completed 177,559 tests for COVID-19.