High Prairie care facility hit hard by COVID

Chris Clegg
For the Lakeside Leader

Six cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at J.B. Wood Continuing Care in High Prairie.

The news was officially announced to media April 9, although a letter to staff was circulated earlier in the week about the outbreak (and) was shown to the High Prairie South Peace News.

Tom McMillan, assistant director, Communications, Alberta Health services, confirmed the news.

“We are taking this outbreak extremely seriously,” writes McMillan in an e-mail.

“This is an incredibly difficult situation and we are doing everything possible to protect residents while also ensuring they continue to get the daily care and support they need,” he adds.

J.B. Wood, like other continuing care facilities in Alberta, is under a province-wide ban on visitors, announced April 7 by Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health. The one in McLennan, Manoir Du Lac, has seen two deaths.

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