COVID-19 Update – December 23, 2020

Harley HempelResident Updates

Dear Friends & Family of Sherwood Care,

It’s hard to believe the Christmas is only 3 days away. Although our celebrations may require more creativity this year, I hope you will discover joy in new and unexpected ways. In conversation with some of you and our staff, I am impressed with the novel and unique celebrations being planned, while maintaining the current public health guidelines.This is definitely a Christmas season we will remember!


All our Resident swabs are NEGATIVE!!

Staff swabs results are still trickling in, but with only 15% outstanding, they are all negative

Currently we have 2 new residents in isolation, completing their 14 day quarantine period, as well as 4 on isolation with symptoms and negative swab results

There are 2 staff off with symptoms, awaiting swab results

We remain on outbreak until January 5, but are aware that the date could change based on any resident or staff changes.

We are very pleased to see no internal spread of COVID and applaud the diligence of our staff and you as family members for taking all the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of spread.

Today, there are 111 continuing care facilities and 6 acute care facilities on outbreak in the Edmonton zone. Although the daily case rates are decreasing, the hospitalizations are still high. The decisions all of us make over the Christmas season can either keep the curve down, or change course like it did after Thanksgiving weekend.

Dr Hinshaw has sent a letter to be shared with you. She is asking DSP’s to consider limiting their visits as the risk of unknown exposure remains high. You can read the complete letter by clicking the link HERE.


What we know:

Vaccine Updates – we received word that our site has been selected as a priority for staff vaccination. AHS will be coordinating the appointments and the vaccine administration for staff, based on their priorities.  We anticipate that our staff will get a call over the next while to take advantage of this opportunity.

We are working on consent forms for the vaccination program for your loved one. We anticipate that we will administer the vaccine on site, as it will be the Moderna vaccine, that doesn’t have the same cold storage requirements. We will forward the consent form with additional information for you to review, in the days to come. There is anticipation that the vaccination of continuing care residents could begin as early as mid January.

Visits over Christmas – We are happy to support the regularly scheduled DSP/Family visits scheduled over Christmas.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate drop in visits or unscheduled visits during this busy period. Thank you for your understanding.

Food over Christmas – we know that this holiday has many food traditions. If you are planning to bring in food for your loved one, please remember to bring it in a container that can be wiped down. Just a reminder that you cannot eat or drink while visiting with your loved one, as this would require removal of your PPE.

Thank you to many of you who have brought in treats for our staff.  We appreciate your thoughtfulness in bringing in individually packaged items, so there is no communal food.


Good News:

Santa Claus Came to Town – Santa arrived yesterday to Sherwood Care and was received with delighted laughter, happy smiles, a few tears and much joy! He visited your loved ones on Forget me Not and Echo Valley, delivering some incredible gifts, donated by the generous people of Strathcona County as part of London Drugs “Stocking Stuffers for Seniors” campaign.

Today the residents on Garden Path and Memory Lane received their gifts. It was wonderful to watch the responses of the residents, thrilled that Santa remembered them. One of our ladies was able to give Santa a big smooch on his face shield, before he knew what was happening.

We also want to give a big shout out to Sokil Transport who donated their trucks and time to ensure all the gifts in the Edmonton area were delivered in good shape and on time.


What you can do:

We are incredibly grateful for your partnership with us in ensuring the provision of quality and compassionate care to your loved ones. Thank you for your patience as we adjust to changing regulations and for placing your trust in us, when you cannot be here. For those who are providing support to your loved one in person, thank you for your diligence in following the guidelines.

As you prepare to celebrate this Christmas season, I pray that even though the celebrations may look different and some traditions may need to wait for next year, you will experience the true joy and peace that is the Spirit of Christmas.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace.”

Merry Christmas!

Warm regards,

Kathy Fortunat