A COVID-19 outbreak was declared at Points West Living on Dec. 2. (File photo)

A COVID-19 outbreak was declared at Points West Living on Dec. 2. (File photo)

Red Deer senior facilities hit by COVID-19

15 residents infected at Points West Living

One long-term care facility and three supportive-living sites in Red Deer are dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks.

Long-term care facility Covenant Care Villa Marie was added to the list of province-wide list of outbreaks early last week.

Supportive-living facilities with outbreaks include The Hamlets of Red Deer, Revera Aspen Ridge, and Points West Living.

In early December, Bethany CollegeSide also had an outbreak.

The Points West Living outbreak was declared Dec. 2 and currently has 15 COVID-positive residents. A total of 17 staff members were infected, but four have since recovered and returned to work.

“We have not had any new cases in the last few days, so we are encouraged that the steps being taken are having an impact,” said a statement from Points West Living about its first COVID outbreak.

The statement said contingency plans were in place to maintain staffing levels.

“We are building a casual pool to draw from, and draw from external staffing agencies where necessary. We also have individual plans for each area of the community: hospitality, housekeeping, etc.”

Points West Living has 139 residents and 120 staff. Housing includes 25 suites for independent supportive living, a dementia care unit with 69 suites, and 45 spaces for seniors who need of the highest level of supportive-living care.

Management continues to permit designated support visitors, but encouraged virtual visiting if possible.


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Alberta Health Services said all staff and residents were being offered COVID-19 swabbing as part of the outbreak response. AHS Public Health was carrying out contact tracing.

Regular staff and resident screening is in place, as are cleaning protocols.

AHS said it continues to closely monitor the situation and is collaborating with Points West Living to ensure the necessary enhanced safety protocols are in place to protect residents and staff.

The province publicly reports locations of outbreaks in continuing care facilities when there are two or more people with confirmed COVID-19. The list of COVID-19 outbreaks in Alberta, is updated on Tuesday and Friday each week.

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