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Correction: Hillcrest Lodge two COVID cases are now off isolation

Other residents who are experiencing symptoms of the virus are being tested and are being isolated until their results are known
Hillcrest Lodge Update Nov. 3
Two residents previously identified of having tested positive for COVID-19 are now off of isolation.

BARRHEAD-The two residents who had previously been identified as having tested positive for the coronavirus are now off of isolation

The first case was identified on Oct. 26. It is not known when the second case was identified.

This is according to a Nov. 3 media release from the Barrhead and District Social Housing Association (BDSHA).

The press release also states that several other residents have or are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 and are currently being re-tested for the virus. Until their test results are known they have been restricted to their rooms.

As a result of the previous two positive cases, Hillcrest Lodge, as well as Golden Crest and Klondike Place and Jubilee Manor, are considered to be in "outbreak for 28 days", until Nov. 20. The four residences are connected via a series of hallways. AHS considers a senior's residence, hospital or school is in an outbreak situation when it reports two or more cases of the virus.

As part of the facility's outbreak status, the release states that Alberta Health Services (AHS) along with a specialized COVID response team, have imposed a series of restrictions the first being that residences are limited to two designated or essential visitors. All visits must be prearranged and approved by BDSHA staff.

BDSHA has also suspended any outside visits for the duration of the outbreak.

"This will be readdressed at the time and will be adjusted based on the number of local active COVID cases," the release said. "If there are additional confirmed cases in any of the buildings, or other situations that may limit the ability to safely have more people on site."

Residents are also instructed to take the most direct route when moving between buildings and wear a mask.

Residents are also asked to limit their travel outside their living complex to essential travel only, such as getting groceries or going to medical appointments.
When returning from trips outside the facility residents are asked to check-in at the screening station at Hillcrest Lodge.

For visits away from any of the facilities longer than 24 hours, residents will be screened to determine their risk level.

For those determined to be a low risk, they must complete twice daily symptom self-checks. Those identified at a medium risk must wear a mask in all common areas for a minimum of 14 days. Residents deemed a high risk must isolate in their rooms for 14 days.

"We are committed to doing everything in our power to protect our residents, tenants and staff. More information will be posted as it becomes available," the release said.

Barry Kerton, TownandCountryToday.com





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