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Outbreak at Extendicare St. Paul sees 23 cases of COVID-19, one death

While 14 team members have tested positive from Extendicare St. Paul ,12 of those cases have resolved. Nine residents at the facility have tested positive for COVID-19.
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LAKELAND - The Extendicare St. Paul support living facility is once again on outbreak status. On Monday morning, the organization confirmed that one of the residents who had tested positive has passed away.

In a statement from Kim Mercier, Regional director, Northern Alberta, 14 team members from Extendicare in St. Paul have tested positive, along with nine residents.

Twelve of the staff members' cases have now been resolved, and all residents have been swabbed, according to the statement, received on Monday.

Any residents who have tested positive have been cohorted and remain in their rooms. 

"We are saddened to confirm one resident who had tested positive has passed away. We have been in touch with this resident’s family to share our condolences on behalf of our care team," said Mercier.

Extendicare is working closely with Alberta Health Services (AHS), CDC and Public Health during the outbreak. Positive case numbers during the fourth wave continue to impact communities across Alberta.

"Extendicare St. Paul is pleased to see the response to vaccination among our team members, with every one of our staff now fully vaccinated," said Mercier. "In addition, we have worked with our health partners to administer third doses to residents to ensure enhanced protections as per AHS guidelines, with all residents who have consented now having received their third shot."

The facility will continue to provide regular updates to the team at Extendicare and to the families of residents, while remaining "vigilant in our infection prevention and control measures."

The Bonnyville Extendicare also appears on the Government of Alberta's outbreak list. Happy House Daycare is also on the province's list, under "other facilities," as of Monday morning.

COVID cases in the region

In the County of St. Paul region, the provincial map listing COVID-19 cases shows 62 active cases, and 11 deaths since the pandemic began. The nearby region of Smoky Lake is showing 20 active cases and notes 18 confirmed deaths attributed to the virus.

The MD of Bonnyville shows 71 active cases and 18 deaths.

Cold Lake it the only region in the Lakeland showing over 100 cases, with 111 active cases and 13 deaths.

The Lac La Biche region is showing 24 active cases and 11 deaths.

Janice Huser

About the Author: Janice Huser

Janice Huser has been with the St. Paul Journal since 2006. She is a graduate of the SAIT print media journalism program, is originally from St. Paul and has a passion for photography.
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