COVID-19 Update – December 12, 2020

Harley HempelResident Updates

Dear Friends & Family of Sherwood Care,


Thank you for your support and willingness to work with us during this current situation. We are incredibly grateful for you and the important role that you play in supporting quality of life and care for our residents. Better times are ahead!



The resident who tested positive on Wednesday is in our designated COVID-19 isolation room, at the end of Memory Lane. There is a temporary construction wall posted in this area, simply to discourage wandering residents and to reduce staff traffic. We have one designated, consistent cohort of staff caring for this individual, again to minimize traffic in and out of this space.


Currently we have two residents, who are new admissions, in isolation in private spaces for 14 days, with swab results pending. There are also three staff members off work with symptoms, also awaiting their swab results.


What we are doing:

As of today, as part of our first round of asymptomatic swabbing, we have swabbed all residents and 120 staff members. We will continue the staff swabbing over the weekend. We will do another round of swabbing next week, and will wait for public health direction on any additional swabbing that may need to be done after that. Shielding will continue for all staff and family members/DSP’s.



What you can do:

Thank you to those who have reduced your visits as a result of this new situation. We appreciate the efforts you are making to help reduce traffic in the building. Today, there are 92 continuing care facilities with outbreaks in the Edmonton Zone, so we know that the risks still remain very high for unknown exposure and transmission. Virtual connections are available. You can request these through Harley and Ana. Thank you for being understanding of the Nurse’s valuable time and calling only when it is necessary to inquire about your loved one. We are committed to keeping you informed of any changes in your loved one’s condition or care needs.


Good News:
Our hairdresser returned on Wednesday of this week, much to the joy of many of our residents! She provides an important service to our residents, and her space remains a small slice of normalcy in this unusual world. She is diligent with following all protocols to keep her clients safe while they are in her shop.


Our Parade of Lights is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15 at 6:30 pm. Please decorate your vehicle and come ready to spread Christmas Cheer to your loved ones as you drive through our parking lot. We will live stream the event into the facility onto a screen so the residents can participate and have fun.



As always, I want to extend a special thank you to all of you. You are a vital part of our team of families, staff, and residents all working together like clockwork. It’s been amazing and encouraging to all of us here at Sherwood Care to see the love you have for your family members who are here with us and your desire to do what you can to help us ensure their Christmas season is as joyful as ever. Let’s keep up our strength and bravery as we pull through to the end of the year.


“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

-Isaiah 41:10


Warm Regard,


Kathy Fortunat