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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

Ah gut gebentsht yohr | A good and blessed year

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COVID-19 Outbreak Media Statement (updated November 13, 2020)

November 13, 2020

Misericordia Community Hospital

An outbreak is currently being investigated at the Misericordia, where three patients have tested positive for COVID-19 – no increase since our last update.

No new positive cases associated with the previous outbreak have occurred since October 21:

  • A total of 16 patients have tested positive for COVID-19
  • Fourteen staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • There have been four deaths associated with the outbreak. On behalf of the entire Covenant family, we offer our deepest condolences to these patients’ families and loved ones at this difficult time.
  • Visitors to the affected unit are restricted at this time. We encourage families to continue to meet virtually with their loved ones.

Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre

There are 63 active cases of COVID-19 among residents and patients – no increase since our last update.

There are a total of 69 active cases among staff, which is an increase of 3 since our last update.

Sadly we must report three additional deaths since our last update. In total. there have been 28 deaths connected to this outbreak. We share our deepest condolences with the families and friends of those who have passed and offer prayers of peace and comfort at this difficult time.

Out of an abundance of caution, the site is closed to admissions and transfers. We have also extended visitation restrictions to the whole site at this time. This also includes designated family supports, except for end-of-life situations. We encourage families to continue to meet virtually with their loved ones.

Our residents’ families are part of the community at the Edmonton General. From the beginning of the pandemic, we have been in frequent, regular contact via virtual Town Hall meetings and other correspondence.

At this time, we continue to provide those vital opportunities to connect and update our community; especially important when in-person visitation is restricted.

The safety of our residents, patients, staff, physicians and visitors remains our number one priority. 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.

Grey Nuns Community Hospital

We are currently investigating COVID-19 outbreaks on four units within the hospital.

There are a total of nine active cases of COVID-19 related to these outbreaks among patients, which is an increase of one since our last update. Twenty-one staff have tested positive, which is an increase of one since our last update.

There have been two deaths connected to this outbreak. On behalf of the entire Covenant family, we offer our deepest condolences to the patient’s family and loved ones at this difficult time.

All patients and staff connected to the affected units are being tested. The units are closed to admissions and transfers and visitors are restricted at this time. We encourage families to continue to meet virtually with their loved ones.

Outbreak protocols

Outbreak protocols have been implemented at the facilities to ensure the ongoing protection of residents, patients, physicians, staff and visitors.

Testing of all patients and residents on the affected units continues, as well as all staff who have either worked on or have been present on those units, 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.

We continue to work with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health 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, residents, physicians, staff and volunteers. We are doing everything we can to contain transmission and keep them and the public safe and healthy.

We know how important it is to stay connected with family and loved ones, but please consider carefully before visiting, and if you are feeling unwell, stay home and visit https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/ for more information.