Covenant Health

COVID-19 Outbreak Media Statement

June 23, 2020

We are currently investigating a cluster of COVID-19 cases connected to one unit at the Misericordia Community Hospital. Working with Public Health, we immediately implemented outbreak protocols to ensure the ongoing protection of our patients, staff and visitors. We have tested all patients on the affected unit and are also testing all staff who have either worked on or have been present on that unit even if they are not showing symptoms. All potential contacts are being traced to ensure we reduce the possibility of spread and we are following Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness and Public Health isolation and testing protocols. Visitors to the affected unit are being restricted at this time. We encourage families to continue to meet virtually with their loved ones.

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.