AHS takes over operation of McLennan facility

Alberta Health Services has announced that effective immediately it is taking over the day-to-day management of Manoir du Lac Continuing Care Facility in McLennan. The facility, which has 62 residents and 70 staff, accounts for five of the seven COVID-19 deaths in the North Zone. As of today, 26 residents at the facility and 11 staff have tested positive for COVID-19.

Issues found at the facility include:

  • inadequate staff resulting in staff working “extremely long shifts”
  • inadequate screening of staff and visitors
  • inadequate care standards for residents
  • improper use of personal protective equipment

“It is not acceptable that elderly Albertans are being put at risk in a place where their health is supposed to be protected. We have put strong measures in place to limit the spread of infection at these facilities. We must do more,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said.

New cases have also been identified in the City of Grande Prairie as well as in the County of Grande Prairie. The city has two cases, including one probably case, while the county has four. The North Zone – which includes the Central Peace along with Grande Prairie and surrounding areas – currently has 135 cases.

The number of people in Alberta who tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered has reached 1,124, which is about 47% of the current 2,397 province-wide active cases. A total of 239 new confirmed and probable cases were identified in the past 24 hours with no deaths reported.

Sixty people are in hospital, with 13 admitted in intensive care units.

Below is a breakdown by health zones of COVID-19 cases across the province.

  • 1,673 cases in the Calgary Zone
  • 429 cases in the Edmonton Zone
  • 135 cases in the North Zone
  • 77 cases in the Central Zone
  • 68 cases in the South Zone
  • 15 cases (investigation continues to identify health zones)