COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

Second Manluk Centre employee tests positive for COVID-19

Staff member was in close contact with the first City employee who tested positive for the virus.

On the evening of Aug. 30, 2020, the City of Wetaskiwin was notified that a second Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics & Fitness staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

This staff member had been in close contact with the first City employee who tested positive for the virus. Both employees are isolating at home as is required by the province.

The City has taken all appropriate infection prevention and control measures to limit the spread of the virus, including keeping the Manluk Centre closed to the public until further notice.

The City is currently in the process of notifying employees of the second staff member that tested positive and continues to work closely with Alberta Health services to determine next steps.

“We wish this second team member a quick and full recovery, and continue to take every necessary precaution to prevent further transmission of the virus,” said Robert Osmond, Director of Emergency Management for the City of Wetaskiwin. “The City has been working closely with Alberta Health Services since closing the Manluk Centre to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. This situation is a timely reminder of how important our individual efforts can be in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

Following notice of the first employee testing positive for COVID-19 on Aug.21, 2020, the City of Wetaskiwin immediately closed the Manluk Centre.

All employees who were in close contact with the affected staff member were already in isolation at home and have been tested for COVID-19, their results however, are still pending.

Alberta Health Services defines ‘close contact’ as a person who provided care for the individual, including healthcare workers, family members or other caregivers, or who had other similar close physical contact with the person without consistent and appropriate use of personal protective equipment. Or those who lived with or otherwise had close prolonged contact (within two metres) with the person while they were infectious, or had direct contact with infectious bodily fluids of the person (e.g. was coughed or sneezed on) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment.

The City of Wetaskiwin says that there is no additional risk to the public at this time. However, anyone with flu-like symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat is advised to complete the Alberta Health Services online self-assessment—and get tested for COVID-19 if directed to do so. Do not go to a medical clinic or the emergency room and if you are in immediate danger, call 911.

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