… There are currently 770 active and 7,926 recovered cases at long-term care facilities and supportive/home living sites.
To date, 1,044 of the 1,599 reported deaths (65 per cent) have been in long-term care facilities or supportive/home living sites….
More than two-thirds of reported deaths directly attributed to COVID-19 in Alberta are residents of continuing care facilities. This devastation is a failure of our care systems to keep residents safe.
This is nothing new; we have decades of studies and reports from Alberta and across the country documenting the failures of long-term care facilities and related services.
Major changes are necessary, and the need for national care standards is being promoted as one of those changes.
The Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan NDP executive committee has organized a public meeting with an expert panel to explore the jurisdictional authority and responsibility for eldercare services, the state of seniors’ care in Alberta, and what we need to do to fix the problems.
An online Zoom public panel and discussion sponsored by the Sherwood Park- Fort Saskatchewan Federal
NNP: Alberta Seniors, COVID-19 and the Federal Government, January 28, 2021, 7 – 9 pm
Our expert panel features:
• Ms. Patricia Paradis, Executive Director, Centre for Constitutional Studies, University of Alberta to discuss provincial and federal jurisdiction and relationships in continuing care
• Ms. Sandra Azocar. Executive Director of Friends of Medicare and Ms. Heather Smith, President of the United Nurses of Alberta, to describe the state of Alberta continuing care, and
• Dr. Pat Armstrong. Distinguished Research Professor in Sociology at York University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, to discuss what we need to do.
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required!
Eric M. Adams, Vice Dean and Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
Further details coming soon!
Registration will open in early January. This event is free and open to the public.
Monday, February 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm MST
‘They call us every day’: COVID-19 case monitors are a lifeline for those waiting out illness at home
Saskatchewan, Manitoba make daily calls to those infected; Alberta, Ontario do not
When Shaleen Erwin became sick with COVID-19 in November, the pregnant mother from Springside, Sask., wasn’t surprised that she had a hacking cough and slept 16 hours a day.
What astonished her was that she received a phone call every day from a public health worker at the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) to check on her, her husband and their three-year-old son — all of whom had contracted the virus.
“I was blown away…. It’s hours and hours of time, and time is such a valuable resource,” Erwin, 33, said. “I think there’s this misconception that if you’re not using an ICU bed or you’re not using oxygen, that you’re not using resources.”
Provincial public health authorities are advised by the Public Health Agency of Canada to contact people with COVID-19 at home every day to monitor both their symptoms and compliance with isolation rules, depending on available resources to make those phone calls. Some provinces, including Saskatchewan and Manitoba, are attempting daily phone calls while others, such as Alberta, are not.
Ontario’s Ministry of Health advises public health units to notify people of their COVID-19 positive status with a phone call, then make followup phone calls on Day 5 and Day 10, at a minimum. On other days, the person is supposed to receive at least a text message or email.