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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

I believe the second half of one's life is meant to be better than the first half. The first half is finding out how you do it. And the second half is enjoying it.

Frances Lear

COVID-19 Outbreak Media Statement (updated July 18)

July 18, 2020

As of today, there are 15 patients at the hospital who have tested positive for COVID-19 in relation to this outbreak. No new patient cases have been reported in the last 24 hours. Sadly, one patient died early on July 18. Our thoughts and prayers are with this patient’s family and loved ones at this difficult time.

One additional staff member has tested positive in relation to this outbreak, bringing the total of impacted staff to 23. This staff member did not have any patient contact.

Following further investigation, one of the deaths that was removed from the Misericordia outbreak list last week has been reclassified as linked to the COVID outbreak at the site. To date, a total of eight deaths have been connected to this outbreak.

In a number of cases, staff members who have tested positive were identified through the contact tracing process and had been self-isolating and not at work.

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:

  • Ongoing testing of all staff and patients;
  • 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.