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Coronavirus: 3 residents dead, dozens test positive including 18 staff at west Edmonton care home

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An outbreak at a west Edmonton continuing care centre has 56 residents and 18 staff members sick with COVID-19.

The CapitalCare Lynnwood centre was added to the provincial outbreak list early this week.

So far, three residents have passed away due to coronavirus.

There are a total of 276 long-term care beds at the centre.

“The outbreak is contained to 2 Parker and 3 Parker South,” read an update from centre officials on Saturday. “Friday evening we met via Zoom teleconference with residents and families of these two neighbourhoods to answer their questions and address their concerns.”

All visits are being restricted and family members are connecting with the residents by online or telephone, the update said.

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Alberta Health Services told Global News Saturday that it was working “closely” with the centre amid the outbreak.

AHS added the centre has implemented all orders from Alberta’s chief medical officer of health and is following recommendations around outbreak protocols.

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Those include enhanced cleaning, cohorted residents and staff, as well as staff being limited to working on one floor. Personal protective equipment is also being used as well as screening and temperature checks twice a day for residents and staff.

The centre has also brought in an on-site physician and nurse practitioner to assist with the outbreak, AHS said.

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Dr. Deena Hinshaw penned a letter to family and residents of continuing care homes in the province on Nov. 20, where she said she remains “very concerned” for residents and asked families to continue doing all they can to avoid spreading COVID-19 in the facilities.

Hinshaw suggested families should avoid visits in person even if the care centre their loved one is in does not have an outbreak.

“I recognize that this continues to be a challenging time,” Hinshaw said. “Thank you for continuing to prioritize public health advice to protect your safety, and the safety of those around you.”

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There are currently 45 outbreaks related to long-term care centres in the province, 26 of which are in Edmonton zone.