COVID-19 Update – December 14, 2020

Harley HempelResident Updates

Dear Friends and Family of Sherwood Care,


Good News:

  • ALL Resident swabs are NEGATIVE!!



  • 1 staff member has tested positive for COVID from our asymptomatic swabbing last week and is home in isolation (currently asymptomatic)
  • The GOOD NEWS is that this individual was consistent with PPE usage
  • Contact tracing has occurred and there are no close contacts, identified at work
  • All the other staff swabs that have been returned and reported are negative
  • Our practice of continuous shielding, in addition to masking, has significantly reduced the chance of transmission
  • Currently we have two residents, who are new admissions, in isolation in private spaces for 14 days, with negative swab results
  • There are also four staff members off work with symptoms, awaiting their swab results.
  • “CLOSE CONTACT” is defined as being less than six feet from a person who is COVID positive, without your PPE (mask & shield) for 15 minutes, or an accumulation of shorter periods, adding up to 15 minutes


What we know:

  • We are working closely with Public Health and AHS and following all their recommendations
  • We will be doing another round of asymptomatic swabbing of residents and staff, later this week
  • We are considered on outbreak for 28 days, from December 6 to January 5, 2021
  • Any further swabbing or changes in processes may be updated or changed, depending on the results of further asymptomatic swabbing


Good News:

  • Christmas is not cancelled!!
  • The Parade of Lights will continue as planned tomorrow evening @ 6:30 pm. This is a safe and fun way to spread Christmas joy to your loved ones, as you show off your decorated vehicles for the residents to watch inside through our live streaming technology.
  • There is some light at the end of this dark tunnel that we find ourselves in. The announcement of vaccine shipments arriving and coming to Alberta is promising and gives us hope for the days ahead
  • We have no additional details about when and how the vaccine will be rolled out, but have been notified that our residents and staff are among the priority group


What you can do:

Thank you for your support in this battle, through your words and gifts of encouragement, by reducing or suspending your in person visits in favour or virtual connections and through your patience and respect for our team on the front lines.

I encourage you to be hopeful for what is ahead, as we look forward to the relief of a vaccine, the strength of the collective of ALL of us, united in our battle against COVID and the promise of divine power when we are weary.

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak”

Isaiah 40:29

Warm regards,

Kathy Fortunat