An outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at an Edmonton shelter for domestic violence, the first since the pandemic began.
Five staff members and two clients of the Women In Need (WIN) House, a shelter that offers emergency services for women and children leaving domestic abuse, have tested positive for virus, Alberta Health Services (AHS) confirmed Tuesday.
“Contract tracing is complete. Anyone believed to have been exposed was directly contacted by AHS and is currently isolating,” said AHS spokeswoman Holly Budd.
“AHS continues to work closely with WIN House to provide support and ensure the ongoing safety and well-being of all residents and staff.”
Budd noted that at WIN House, every family is housed separately.
A spokesperson from WIN House could not be reached Tuesday.
Shelters remain open to help those leaving domestic violence and are taking all COVID-19 safety precautions, including increased disinfection, physical distancing within shelters and providing alternate housing when needed.
WIN House is Edmonton’s oldest shelter for women and children. As of Tuesday, there were 820 active cases of COVID-19 in the Edmonton zone.
— With files from Dustin Cook
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