COVID-19 Update – October 10, 2020

Harley HempelNews & Events

Dear Friends & Family of Sherwood Care,

218 days COVID free!!!

As I look out my office window, I am happy to still see many trees with leaves on them and despite the frost last night, our flower baskets still look fresh and vibrant. I hope you’ve been able to finish your fall work as we all prepare for the season ahead.


  • Currently we have 5 residents on isolation,  3 new admissions on isolation for 14 days and 2 residents with symptoms awaiting swab results
  • 3 staff members are off with symptoms, awaiting swab results
  • Cases in the Edmonton Zone – Dr HInshaw introduced new voluntary measures yesterday to try and curb the spread of COVID-19, including reducing the size of our Thanksgiving dinner celebrations, reducing cohorts and wearing masks in all indoor settings
  • As of today there are 27 continuing care facilities on outbreak in the province, 19 of those in Edmonton. In addition there are 4 acute care facilities on outbreak, 3 in Edmonton and the Foothills in Calgary
  • Our continued vigilance is essential to protect your loved ones, our most vulnerable population during this surge. Thank you for the precautions you are taking to manage your own risk of exposure to ensure safe visiting when you are here


Thanksgiving Monday – indoor visits will occur as regularly scheduled for this Monday and anyone with scheduled outdoor visits has been contacted to confirm or adjust the visiting schedule

We have been working on a plan to address increased visitation inside the facility as we prepare for shutting down outdoor visits. Here are some of the considerations as we move forward:

  • Physical Space – Most of you understand our space limitations and we are actively looking at how to support increased visits with the space we have
  • DSP visits vs Social Visits – Many of you have asked about this and we are looking at how to accommodate family or friends that are not the 2 DSP’s to have some visiting options
  • Length, frequency and timing of visits – While considering additional visits, we may have to look at the length of current visits and consideration additional visiting hour options
  • Resources – I know that you understand that all of the above requires staff, time and additional cleaning to support the guidelines. Our ability to support this both financially and in staff is a consideration

As you can see there are a lot of moving pieces. We will be seeking your input over the next couple of weeks to assist us with addressing some of these issues. We are committed to a plan that supports your ability to visit/support your loved one, in a safe manner that ensures the well being of all 100 residents.

Christmas Season

We are considering creative ways to celebrate the upcoming holiday season, in light of the lingering pandemic. Our usual practices of Family Christmas Dinners, large parties and multiple musical guests is not a viable option for this year.

We believe there are safe, meaningful and alternative ways to celebrate this season in a way that honours the spirit of the holiday and the important connection of family and loved ones. We will keep you informed of any plans as we move forward.

Good News

  • The addition of more regular recreation programming has brought smiles and laughter to your loved ones. This weeks activities included; baking (chocolate chip cookies), a campfire in the courtyard, a man’s coffee group and this afternoon our Thanksgiving Tea
  • Our staff continue to celebrate your loved ones birthday, with a cupcake, candle and singing in the dining room, in addition to decorating their rooms for their big day
  • One of our residents turned 101 this week, and as we sang happy birthday to her, she hammed it up by “directing the choir” and singing happy birthday “to me”!
  • Yesterday morning as I walked through the building with Harley, singing our Friday song, “You are my sunshine” it was so wonderful to hear many of your loved ones singing along and waving from their rooms as we stopped to say good morning
  • Thank you for your support and notes of appreciation to our staff. It’s amazing how simple words like “Thank you” can bring a smile to someones face

Although Thanksgiving may look a bit different this year, I hope you still have the opportunity to gather with your loved ones and take time to count your blessings.

When I count my blessings, the privilege of supporting the mission of Sherwood Care, to be “Best Place to Be” and the “Best Place to Work” is on my list. Thank you for your incredible trust and partnership as we work together to realize these goals.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good: His love endures forever” 1 Chronicles 16:34

With gratefulness

Kathy Fortunat