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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 October 14, 2020)

October 14, 2020

We are currently investigating COVID-19 outbreaks linked to three units at the Misericordia Community Hospital.

A total of 12 patients have tested positive for COVID-19. That is an increase of one positive case since yesterday. The new positive case was identified on a fourth unit, which has now been put on “watch.”

Nine staff members have tested positive, which is an increase of two positive cases since yesterday.

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

Testing of all patients 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.

Visitors to the affected units 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 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.