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Alberta Health Services Taking Over Long Term Care

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Manoir du Lac, McLennan AB. Alberta Health Services is taking over Manoir du Lac,
a continuing care facilit
y in McLennan that has seen 37 confirmed COVID-19 cases
and five deaths due to “inadequate”
care standards.

Manoir du Lac has 62 residents and employs 70 staff, according to AHS. As of
Friday, 26 residents had tested positive for the disease along with 11 staff members.
Because of the severity of the outbreak and issues at the home, AHS is immediately
implementing daily screenings including temperature checks and symptom monitoring
for all residents.

“The identification of issues at that site included problems with not enough staff
and those staff who were at the site, working extremely long shifts,” Dr. Deena
Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, said in her daily news
conference Friday.

She said the home also wasn’t adequately screening staff who were presenting symptoms,
nor screening visitors per health guidelines. Now, any residents displaying new symptoms
will be isolated in their rooms
and any staff caring for them will have to wear recommended
personal protective equipmen

“These measures are being taken to ensure that residents get the care they need,” Hinshaw said.
On Friday, the province announced it would start testing all staff and residents of
continuing care facilities for COVID-19 regardless of whether or not they show symptoms.

Manoir du Lac had been issued accreditations.
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is a three-year
accreditation applying to the assisted living program.
It is an indication of quality and our dedication to improving the lives of the people we serve.

Adapted Edmonton Sun 18/04/20