Government eases COVID restrictions in continuing care

Two-step approach

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Slave Lake has three senior’s facilities which will be impacted by the provincial government easing COVID-19 restrictions. These are Points West Living, Vanderwell Heritage Place (aka. the lodge), and long-term care in the Slave Lake Healthcare Centre.

As of July 13, over 90 per cent of Albertans 70 and older have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine, says a government of Alberta news release. Also, across Alberta there were only six cases in continuing care facilities. Therefore, the government has a two-step approach to ease the remaining restrictions in continuing care facilities.

The first phase starts as soon as the facility is able to make the necessary changes. Facilities have until July 31 to implement the changes.

In the first phase, there’s no limit to the number of visitors.

However, “visitors will still need to be screened for symptoms or known exposures upon entering the facility and wear masks in all common areas,” says the news release. “It is strongly recommended that visitors who have not yet been fully vaccinated, including children under 12, wear their masks continuously and in all areas of the building.”

This phase also removes all limits on dining and recreation activities and extra screening for residents who leave the facility, says the news release. However, outbreak protocols, single-site staffing, and other measures remain until further notice.

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