COVID-19 Update – January 15, 2021

Harley HempelResident Updates

Dear Friends & Family of Sherwood Care,


As we continue our vaccination program, we see the end of the pandemic era getting closer. We are overcoming all of the hurdles that’s brought and we are staying optimistic. And the signs of better days are out there! Infection numbers are going down, and local businesses are beginning to open back up. So far, 2021 is shaping up to be a huge improvement over last year.



As of today, 1 of our residents are in isolation waiting for swab results, while we have 3 residents completing their 14-day quarantine as new admissions. Currently there are no staff off with symptoms.

We are happy to share that 85 of our residents have received their first Moderna vaccination! We anticipate that we will be providing the second shot within the 21-28 day window. Moving forward, we will need to have enough residents (close to 10) in order to order a vial. Once punctured, the vaccine solution expires after 6 hours.

At this time, there have been no updates or changes in precautions regarding use of PPE. We will continue to follow all guidelines surrounding PPE, health screening, and cleaning.

Although the vaccine has brought hope, the virus is still active and will remain that way until the vaccination program achieves its goals. Thank you for working with us to keep your loved one safe!


Provincial Review of the Continuing Care System

You have an opportunity to have your say! I encourage you to participate in this review of our continuing care system.

Alberta Health is currently undertaking a review of the Facility-based Continuing Care System in Alberta. This review includes long term care (LTC) and designated supportive living (DSL). This review will identify opportunities for changing and improving care in Alberta in order to improve the lives of continuing care residents and their families and to better support staff and operators. Further, the review will consider how best to prevent and manage episodes of transmittable illnesses that affect residents such as influenza, the annual flu season, and pandemics.

Alberta Health contracted a third party consultant, MNP, to undertake the Review and facilitate extensive engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, including residents and family members. As part of engagement, MNP has developed a survey for you to fill out to share your thoughts on the FBCC system. You can access the survey here:

In addition, MNP is seeking residents and family members interested in participating in virtual interviews regarding FBCC. The interview will be 30-60 minutes long and take place over a video platform such as Microsoft teams or equivalent or over the phone. If this is something you would be interested in participating in, please contact MNP at:


It’s easy to feel optimistic this month, as so many things are looking up. We may not be out of the woods yet, but we’re close. So make sure you keep up hope and keep your eyes on the horizon. There is a lot of power that we can draw from optimistic outlooks and cheerful attitudes.


“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

-Romans 15:13 ESV



Kathy Fortunat