COVID-19: More calls for additional health measures in Alberta’s continuing care homes

COVID-19: More calls for additional health measures in Alberta’s continuing care homes

As Alberta reports a rise in the number of COVID-19 outbreaks at continuing care facilities and assisted living homes, there are increasing calls for additional health measures to be implemented.

Since Oct. 26, Alberta has seen a stark rise in outbreaks at care facilities. About 70 per cent of all deaths from COVID-19 in the province have been linked to them.

At Carewest George Boyack in Calgary, the facility is grappling with its outbreak status. There are currently four active cases, and a total of 28 people (16 residents and 12 staff) have tested positive for COVID-19. The cases were reported on the third and second floors, according to Alberta Health Services, which owns Carewest.

With five fatalities also reported, the outbreak and rise in deaths have Judith Harris concerned for her mother’s safety.

“I’m very concerned because my mother is in the George Boyack facility and the outbreak that is going on there now… I just feel like the whole system is placing all the risk for everything that goes on all these vulnerable people who are in nursing homes and… (they) have no control over what they’re exposed to,” she said.

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Harris is calling for more frequent testing of residents at the facility. She also wants to see all new residents admitted to the facility be quarantined for two weeks, alone.

She said the concern over new admissions stems from the fact that the initial case at George Boyack was a new admission.…

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