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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.

Patrick Lencioni

COVID-19 Outbreak Media Statement (updated July 20)

July 20, 2020

As of today, there are 14 patients at the hospital who have tested positive for COVID-19 in relation to this outbreak. Sadly, a patient death occurred in connection to this outbreak in the last 24 hours. We are saddened by this loss and share our deepest sympathies with this patient’s family and loved ones at this difficult time.

No new patient cases have been reported since July 13.

There has been one new positive staff members identified in the last 24 hours. The total number of impacted staff is 24. It’s important to note the staff member identified did not work in the facility while asymptomatic or symptomatic.

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 nine 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.

In total, there are 58 cases of COVID-19 linked to this outbreak. This number includes staff, patients, discharges, deaths and patients who may have tested positive in the community.

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.