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AHS takes over operation of Manoir Du Lac to improve COVID-19 outbreak control

A nurse wears the protective clothing used when treating patients at Sunnybrook and Women's Hospital in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kevin Frayer

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Alberta Health Services is taking over day-to-day operations of Manoir Du Lac continuing care facility in northern Alberta that has experienced five deaths due to COVID-19.

Currently, 26 residents and 11 staff have tested positive for the virus.

Manior Du Lac holds a total of 62 residents and employs 70 staff.

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said in Friday’s COVID-19 update that AHS will improve outbreak control, as well as infection prevention and control measures, to address the site’s COVID-19 outbreak.

“The protocols for keeping residents safe and well cared for were not being followed,” Hinshaw said.

“The health and safety of residents in our seniors care facilities is of utmost importance and these measures are being taken to ensure residents get the care they need.”

Residents will undergo daily screenings, including temperature checks and symptom monitoring, something Hinshaw said wasn’t being done due to a lack of staff.

Any resident displaying new respiratory symptoms will be isolated in their room and staff caring for them will be wearing all recommended personal protective equipment, which is standard practice at all care facilities.