COVID-19 Update – December 18, 2020

Harley HempelResident Updates

Dear Friends & Family of Sherwood Care,


Another successful week! It was so uplifting to see the joy in our residents’ faces at our Christmas Celebrations (read more about them below). Thank you for your encouraging words and your participation in making this a special Christmas season for your loved ones.



Yesterday, we completed all of the resident asymptomatic swabs as well as 90 staff swabs. We will continue staff swabbing today and over the weekend. Currently we have 5 new residents in isolation, completing their 14 day quarantine period. There are 0 staff off with symptoms.

Remember, “CLOSE CONTACT” is defined as being less than six feet from the person who is positive or symptomatic, without wearing appropriate PPE (mask, shield, gown, gloves with appropriate hand hygiene) 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. Yesterday, Public Health did a site visit and we are implementing the following recommendations they provided.

Dining Room Capacity – we will be reducing the capacity in the dining room to 2 residents per table, as a preventative measure during the outbreak.

Recreation Programming – we will be cancelling all scheduled recreation programs effective immediately. Both of these initiatives are a way to ensure 2 metres distance between each resident during these events.


We are disappointed to have to re work the resident Christmas parties next week, but the creative Resident Therapies team will ensure that our celebrations still include Santa, presents and plenty of Christmas Spirit.


These changes will remain in place as long as we are considered on outbreak. Currently that date is set for January 5th, but could change based on this last round of asymptomatic swabbing.


Visits over Christmas – at this time, we are planning to honour regularly scheduled visits on Christmas. Day. If we have unforeseen staffing challenges, this may be reviewed. We will be sure to keep you informed about any changes.


Good News:


The Parade of Lights was a new event this year, and we were so excited to see the families who participated bringing cheer to our residents through creatively decorating their cars. We saw flashing lights, wreaths, reindeer antlers, and even a fully-lit Christmas tree and deer lawn ornaments on your vehicles as you paraded through the parking lot, honked, and called out your Christmas greetings to our residents inside. Although the live stream gave us some challenges, we played the video several times for the residents and ended the evening with some beautiful Christmas music.


Christmas Cards from Sherwood Ford – the staff at Sherwood Ford have handwritten greeting cards for each of our residents as a way to bring Christmas cheer over this unusual Christmas Season. We are grateful for our many community partners that have reached out, looking for ways to support our residents and community.


FortisAlberta posted a video of their Lights of Joy campaign, which we were so lucky to be a part of. There are some great pictures of our courtyard in the video. You can see the video by clicking on the link below:


What you can do:

We are very excited to hear about continuing care being a priority for the vaccines as well as the rapid testing. We have not received any additional information as of today, but look forward to being a part of this initiative. In the meantime, we will maintain our vigilance as the case rates continue to rise in the Edmonton area. Today, there are over 100 care facilities experiencing outbreaks in the Edmonton area. Thank you for doing your part, being diligent, and helping reduce the risk of COVID-19 entering your loved one’s home.


Now that a vaccine is beginning to roll out—and facilities like ours are at the top of the list—the end of this pandemic era is finally within sight. We could not have made it as far as we did without your collaboration, so thank you! But remember we still have a ways to go. So let’s stay as strong as we’ve been this year. Your loved ones know how much you care for them, and the sacrifices you’ve made will pay off.


“Our faith can move mountains.”

-Matthews 17:20

Warm regards,


Kathy Fortunat