COVID-19 Update – June 8, 2020

Harley HempelResident Updates

Dear Friends and Family Members of Sherwood Care Residents,

I am happy to report that there is no COVID-19 in the facility. We are aware that the risks are still high, as this week, two care centres in Edmonton were placed on outbreak status due to one positive case at each site. One was a positive resident and the other a positive staff member.

  • We know that 76% of the deaths related to COVID 19, in Alberta have been in facilities such as ours. Our residents are dependent on all of us, to be persistent in following the guidelines
  • As the province begins to open up and loosen restrictions, it is important for all of us to continue our diligence in protecting the provinces most vulnerable citizens, including our 100 residents

Together, we can limit the spread of any illness to our extremely vulnerable residents.

I want to share several updates with you today:

Asymptomatic Testing of Residents and Staff of Continuing Care

  • As noted in last weeks letter, we have begun to prepare for asymptomatic testing of the residents of Sherwood Care
  • The intent is to assist with a better understanding of COVID-19 in these settings, and to potentially identify individuals who may be asymptomatic or in the pre-symptomatic phase of COVID-19, in order to further limit spread of this infection
  • You may have received a call last week from one of our RN’s, seeking your consent for the testing of your family member
  • This is a voluntary initiative, so you may decline on behalf of your loved one
  • We have ordered the additional swabs, with the goal of beginning the testing this week
  • If you have consented for your loved one to participate in the testing, you will be contacted with the results
  • If you have any concerns or questions about this testing, please contact Ora  or Danielle
  • We have provided information for our staff to participate in this voluntary asymptomatic testing process
  • They will not be tested on site, but will arrange their testing through AHS and their testing centres
  • We are required to notify all of our residents, staff and designated family members if we have a positive test result at any time.

Outdoor Visits

  • Thank you for your understanding as we made adjustments to the visiting times last week
  • We hope that the canopies provide some shelter from the cool, rainy weather we have been experiencing. Hopefully, they will also provide shade when the warmer weather arrives
  • Thank you for your diligence, while visiting your loved one, in following the guidelines:
    • Maintaining physical distance of 6 feet
    • Wearing the face mask provided, ensuring both your mouth and nose are covered at all times
    • Practicing good hand hygiene
    • Not sharing food items with your loved one while visiting and
    • If you are ill, please postpone your visit
  • Following these guidelines supports your loved ones health, as well as all the residents of Sherwood Care
  • Should you need to cancel a visit, please be sure to contact Amanda or Harley.

Staff Updates

  • As a proactive measure, we have increased our screening and education for staff regarding appropriate PPE usage, continuous masking, and hand hygiene
  • Staff are diligent in reporting any symptoms and staying away from work when they are ill
  • Because of our hiring initiatives, we have been able to not only maintain, but increase our staffing complement on a daily basis, to ensure that your loved ones needs are being met

CMOH 23-2020

  • As we continue to evaluate the provisions of this order, it is with an awareness of our focus on protecting your loved ones.
  • If you have specific questions regarding your loved one accessing health professionals or participating in an outing, please contact Ora or Lisa

Good News

  • As part of our Seniors Week Celebrations, our residents were serenaded over the lunch hour, by the amazing musical talents of Sharon and Kim.  To ensure guidelines were followed, they performed out in the courtyard, with the music mic’d in through our sound system. Residents were singing, clapping and enjoying the concert. It was almost like old times!
  • Thank you to the young sidewalk chalk artists who spread their words of kindness and beautiful designs over our sidewalks

We have witnessed challenging events unfold over the past week in our world. It has been a painful reminder of the difficulties faced by countless individuals experiencing discrimination and racism as part of their daily lives. There are no simple solutions or easy answers, but I believe, that when people work together towards a common goal, the results are always better.

I pray that these words will remind us of what we can do to combat this darkness…

“Darkness cannot  drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”  Martin Luther King

Warmest regards,

Kathy Fortunat, CEO

Contact information:

Kathy Fortunat, CEO –
Lisa Hughes, DOC –
Ora Justice, Care Manager –
Harley Hempel, Director of Therapies –
Amanda Der, Social Worker –
Adam Deibert, Chaplain –
Danielle Buchanan, Educator –
Phone: 780-467-2281