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Red Deer Hospice currently in COVID-19 outbreak

Five confirmed staff cases, no confirmed cases in residents

Red Deer Hospice is currently experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.

“We are working closely with Alberta Health Services and following all processes, procedures and precautions to keep our residents, visitors and staff safe,” a statement on Red Deer Hospice’s website said.

As of Monday, there are five confirmed staff cases and no confirmed cases in residents. 

As a result of the outbreak, visiting at the facility is currently restricted. All residents are now limited to two approved visitors – continuous masking, and/or full personal protection equipment in some instances, is required for all visitors at all times.

All visitors are required to pass the Alberta Health Daily Checklist prior to entering the facility. Anyone who is ill or not feeling well, is asked not to visit.

“Red Deer Hospice operates under public health orders put in place by the Government of Alberta designed to protect people in long term care and hospice settings,” Red Deer Hospice’s website said.

“We are committed to providing compassionate care so people can die in peace, comfort and dignity with support for them and their loved one. It is our commitment to balance safety with the quality of life of our residents.”

Bethany Collegeside Gardens, a supportive living facility in Red Deer, is also in a COVID-19 outbreak, according to the provincial government’s outbreak list.

There are currently three active cases. The outbreak was declared Aug. 4.

Acute care and continuing care facilities (including group homes) are reported publicly when there are two or more cases, indicating that a transmission within the facility has occurred, the provincial government’s website side.

Outbreaks are declared over when four weeks have passed since the last case was identified, so not all outbreaks listed below have current transmission happening.

Prisons, correctional facilities, shelters and child care settings are listed when there are five or more cases. All other non-healthcare workplaces, events, public settings (restaurants, salons and gyms) and sports activities are listed when there are 10 or more cases.

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