COVID-19 Update – January 29, 2021

Harley HempelResident Updates

Dear Friends & Family of Sherwood Care,


Can you believe we’re already a month into 2021? It’s been a chilly week, but we’re keeping residents happy and warm at Sherwood Care. Most importantly, through our diligence—which we always appreciate your valuable help with—we’re keeping your loved ones safe. No cause could be closer to our hearts.



As of today we have 2 residents in isolation, completing their 14-day quarantine as new admissions. We have 3 residents in isolation, with symptoms, 1 with negative swab and 2 waiting swab results. We have 0 staff with symptoms.

We are excited to be giving 2nd doses of Moderna this Monday, February 1st. Residents who received their first dose on January 5th or 6th will receive their second dose this Monday. Residents who received their first dose on January 11th will receive their second on Monday, February 8th. We also plan to provide first doses to any new residents. We will only proceed with the vaccines of our new residents with consent from the resident or their decision maker. For more information about the Moderna vaccine or the guidelines, please see these links:

We haven’t heard details about the staff vaccination process, but hope that our staff who received their first doses on site will be able to get their second dose on site within the 38 to 42 day limit. Due to the shortage of the Pfizer vaccine, we still have many staff who have not had the vaccine and we look forward to administering it once we are resupplied.

There have been no announced changes to screening or PPE requirements as of this time. Thank you for your patience and support as we work collectively to keep your loved ones safe. Please remember to leave your goggles when you leave. We have a “Dirty” basket you can put them in. If you mistakenly took them, we are happy to receive them back. Our staff sanitize them so they can be reused the next day. Each pair of goggles are a cost of $4. Thank you for helping us with this.


Family Education/Support event: “Nutrition at End of Life”

Hosted by our dietitian Carey Emsley and our Social Worker Amanda Der, this event will be on February 16 @ 6 pm. There will be a Zoom meeting link that you can join with. (Under normal circumstances, these would be face-to-face events in our education room) Please watch for a link next week for you to join the session!


Good News

There were several fun events this week, where laughter and conversation could be heard. The first was the men’s breakfast group that met Tuesday morning in our conference room. Our very own Harley Hempel, Director of Resident Therapies, cooked breakfast with his crew, while Hank Williams music played and the conversation moved between sports, weather, politics, and of course, the pandemic. Wednesday was the Hawaiian Luau and our first opportunity to use the new projector and screen to play a recorded version of a real Hawaiian Luau for the residents as part of the celebration. Thank you for the generous donations from many of you this past year. This projector is a great addition to our toolbox of fun! There were leis, grass skirts, flip flops, and the sounds and sights of Hawaii.

We have had the wonderful privilege of hosting four BScN RN students from MacEwan as they completed their leadership practicums. They have been instrumental in our efforts to prevent COVID-19 in our facility through hands-on learning, buddy shifts, projects specific to these needs, and even being part of the vaccination team. We are always excited by the energy that students bring and are committed to assisting them in their growth as healthcare professionals.

It’s been inspiring to see happy residents and young people excited about quality care. Another source of inspiration? You! Your generosity and understanding are keeping us going as we progress through this time, and the love you show for your loved ones is a beautiful thing to see. Thank you for your continued support.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”

-Psalm 27:1


Warm regards,


Kathy Fortunat