21 deaths linked to epidemic at Good Samaritan Southgate Care Center

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“We are very worried,” he said. “When I heard about the deaths I can say I was a little shocked, even though I knew there was COVID in there. You just don’t think people are going to die.

GSS Interim President and CEO Michelle Bonnici said in a statement Monday that the health and well-being of residents and staff is the company’s top priority.

“Although we currently do not know how the virus entered the building, epidemic protocols continue to be in place and we are taking all precautions to limit its spread,” she said. “This includes restricting the movement of residents throughout the home and wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment.”

Bonnici said there are around 200 residents at the home and staff are doing their best to keep families in the know.

Bonnici said staff, in partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS), performed an asymptomatic sample from all residents last week and are awaiting results. Employees will be tested this week.

She said AHS has recruited additional staff, including nurses and social workers, and plans to bring in infection prevention, control and other staff as needed.

“(AHS) has been working with us to monitor staffing levels since the start of the epidemic, and they are providing us with additional supports whenever needed,” Bonnici said. “We meet with AHS daily, sometimes multiple times a day, to collaborate and share information. Our goals are the same – to reduce the risk of transmission and provide the best possible care to residents while supporting our employees.

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