St. Paul - On Monday morning, Brigitte Sakaluk, CAO of the MD of St. Paul Foundation confirmed to LakelandToday.ca that Sunnyside Manor has two confirmed cases of COVID-19 among its residents.
“Out of respect to the individuals and in accordance with AHS guidelines, we cannot disclose personal details. However, we are able to share that we learned of a confirmed case on Thursday, December 24, 2020 of a resident that was hospitalized,” Sakaluk noted in her statement.
“Public Health has taken extra precautionary measures and was onsite on December 24, 2020 to test the residents and staff. All staff from the lodge came in to be tested. As a result of the testing on December 26, 2020, we received confirmation from AHS of two more positive cases, these residents were placed in isolation on December 24, 2020.”
As of Monday morning, Sakaluk said AHS has confirmed there were no other positive cases among the residents or staff and all residents are being closely monitored for symptoms.
“The MD of St Paul Foundation and Sunnyside Manor are deeply concerned about all of our residents and staff and are working hard to prevent further spreading of the virus by isolating symptomatic or confirmed cases, through increased sanitization, limiting access to essential personnel, screening of all persons accessing the facility and working closely with Alberta Health Services, Public Health and the Communicable Disease Control to ensure residents, staff and Designated Family/Support persons are aware of the situation,” Sakaluk stated.
“The health and safety of our residents and staff remains our first priority, and we are confident in the measures we have in place. Thank you for your continued support.”
Sunnyside Manor is a supportive living lodge for seniors and has approximately 105 residents and 35 staff.
It should be noted that Alberta Health has also listed St. Therese – St. Paul Health Centre as an outbreak site under long-term care facilities. LakelandToday.ca was unable to confirm by press deadline if this was specific to the J.P. Decosse long-term care auxiliary wing of the health centre.