COVID-19 Update – January 8, 2021

Harley HempelResident Updates

Dear Friends & Family of Sherwood Care,


Happy New Year!

We hope you had a lovely break over the Christmas and New Year break. With a new year comes a new beginning, and a renewed sense of purpose. Also with the new year came good news: vaccines are rolling out! That means the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is on the horizon.


Good News:

As of today, 74 of our residents have received their first dose of the Moderna vaccination. We have ordered additional vaccines with plans to complete the first round for the residents next week. Thank you to everyone who responded quickly with your consent or refusal for the vaccine. When we announced that the vaccine was in the building on Tuesday, the residents and staff were all cheering!

One of our residents was featured in today’s edition of the Sherwood Park News. Bea is 104 and was one of the first residents to consent and receive her vaccine! She was so excited and did an incredible interview with the reporter. You can read the whole story here:

We have also started our staff vaccinations and will continue next week when we receive additional vaccines. As of today, there are no staff with COVID-19 symptoms. We have one resident in isolation, with a negative swab result and three new residents in quarantine as per admission guidelines.

Provincial Review of the Continuing Care System

Please see the following message from Alberta Health:

“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:

We understand that we are in unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic, and that through the pandemic, long-lasting issues have been brought to the forefront as well as concerns unique to this experience. As such, we want to ensure we capture your perspective on the pandemic, as well as your perspective on the facility-based continuing care system before the pandemic began. Please take this opportunity to share your thoughts on facility-based continuing care and contribute to improving it for those who live, and work, in these settings. If you have any questions or concerns about the Review or the planned engagement activities, please email”

Now that 2021 and the vaccine are here, we are looking forward to better days ahead. Thank you for everything you did in 2020 to protect your loved one! We appreciate you keeping it up this year! It takes a lot of strength and courage to do what you have done.

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends. His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.”

-Lamentations 3:22-23


Warm regards,


Kathy Fortunat