COVID-19 outbreak reported at Edmonton homeless shelter

EDMONTON — Six people have tested positive for COVID-19 in connection to an outbreak at an Edmonton homeless shelter.

An Edmontonian experiencing homelessness who attended the Hope Mission Emergency Shelter tested positive for the coronavirus — the city’s first confirmed case in its homeless population.

Five more people tested positive COVID-19 in connection to the outbreak, but one has recovered, an Alberta Health Services spokesperson said.

Health officials conducted contact tracing and scheduled testing for those exposed.

People who were deemed to be at risk of contracting the disease were referred to the Edmonton Isolation Facility, AHS said.

The emergency shelter is one of two Hope Mission opened this summer to further assist homeless Edmontonians in the pandemic.

CTV News has reached out to Hope Mission for more information about the outbreak.

The city of Edmonton had 717 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday.

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