Covenant Health

COVID-19 Outbreak Media Statement (updated July 14)

July 14, 2020

The Misericordia Community Hospital (MCH) continues to operate under a full facility outbreak closure due to a COVID-19 outbreak impacting the hospital.

As of today, there are 17 patients at the hospital who have tested positive for COVID-19 in relation to this outbreak. One new patient case was identified this morning. Sadly, a patient death occurred in connection to this outbreak overnight.

Over the weekend, Alberta Health has learned that one of the deaths previously linked to the Misericordia outbreak has now been reclassified as due to other causes, and is no longer considered as linked to COVID-19. To date, a total of six deaths have been connected to this outbreak.

In addition, 17 staff have tested positive in relation to this outbreak. There have been no new staff cases since July 11.

Under the full facility outbreak restrictions, no patients will be admitted to the hospital and day procedures and visits will be postponed or rescheduled at another Edmonton hospital.

In order to reduce the risk of further transmission of COVID-19, all services at the Misericordia are temporarily closed to incoming patients. Patients are being contacted and will be cared for and/or rescheduled at another Edmonton hospital. We appreciate your patience at this time.

The full facility outbreak extends to all adult and child services including the Emergency Department. Patients should not visit the Misericordia, and should instead visit one of the other hospitals within the Edmonton Zone or call 911 if needed.

This step is a necessary extension of the progressive outbreak restrictions put in place on July 6, with those restrictions now encompassing all patient services at the Misericordia.

Patients within the hospital will continue to receive the treatment, care and support they need. In order to keep everyone safe visitors will be restricted to end-of-life situations only.

Arrangements will be made for labouring mothers to deliver at Grey Nuns Community Hospital.

Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health continue to aggressively manage this outbreak.

 “The safety of our patients, staff, physicians and visitors remains our number one priority,” said Dr. Owen Heisler, Chief Medical Officer, Covenant Health. “Covenant Health, Alberta Health Services and our teams continue to work tirelessly and collaboratively, taking every possible step to respond with compassion to this challenging situation and to ensure a safe environment for care.”

We continue to work with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Alberta and Alberta Health Services to ensure our hospital is safe and are following protocols to minimize risk of spread including:

  • Thorough environmental cleaning with hospital grade disinfectants;
  • Ensuring proper usage of PPE, including donning and doffing;
  • Ensuring proper physical distancing on units and common areas;
  • Ensuring proper hand hygiene practices are being followed.

We care deeply for our patients and staff. We are doing everything we can to contain transmission and keep patients and the public safe and healthy.