Bethany Didsbury Updates
March 1, 2022
The Government of Alberta has announced that most COVID-19 health measures in the province will be removed as of March 1, except for certain high-risk locations such as health care settings.
It is important to note that all existing COVID-19 health measures remain in place in Bethany’s continuing care sites. This includes continuous masking in all indoor areas, enhanced cleaning, health screening on entry and proof of vaccination requirements.
The provincial government also announced that changes to measures for continuing care will be communicated as part of phase three of the reopening plan. The timing of phase three will be determined based on declining hospitalizations.
We will continue to monitor protocols and adjust our approach as the situation evolves.
The following measures are currently in place at Bethany care centres:
- Residents returning from an absence of greater than 24 hours* and asymptomatic fully immunized residents who have recently been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be required to wear a surgical/procedure mask for 14 days while in common areas, except when eating and drinking, and will be actively screened for symptoms daily.
- Rapid testing on days 1, 3 and 7 post-return or post-exposure will be provided.
• Quarantine requirements for asymptomatic residents who are not fully immunized who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will remain the same.
- Visiting persons may use their own seal-checked KN-95 mask. If they do not have one, a well fitted surgical/procedure mask is required and will be provided by Bethany site staff on arrival. We will be asking that each visitor apply a new KN-95 mask, or a Bethany-supplied surgical/procedure mask, in front of the screener at the entrance. Information on how to seal-check a KN-95 mask will be provided at the screening desk.
- Additionally, screening and rapid testing processes for staff are in place to further protect against the virus entering our sites.
All continuing care facility visitors are required to wear a mask in all indoor areas including resident rooms. The only exception will be if there are significant communication challenges, in which case adaptations will be permitted.
Additionally, residents being admitted to a facility from acute care or returning from a hospital stay of longer than 24 hours must be quarantined temporarily when they return to their continuing care home, with quarantine lasting until they receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test. Dr. Hinshaw strongly encourages families and friends who are not fully vaccinated to refrain from visiting continuing care sites in person and to stay connected through virtual visits.
In addition to complying with public health orders and to best protect our residents and employees, Bethany has a Proof of Vaccination program. We will require all designated support persons and visitors to either show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to be permitted entry to our facilities.
How does the Proof of Vaccination program work?
When you arrive at a Bethany site, you will be asked to show your ID and proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours to the screening staff to be permitted entry into a Bethany facility. For appointed designated support persons only, Bethany can provide a rapid test on-site prior to entry each visiting day. The test takes around 15-20 minutes to provide a result and only those with a negative result will be permitted entry. Please note that the Proof of Vaccination program does not apply to end-of-life visitation.
For visitors unable to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19, proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test or a medical exemption, we will support outdoor and virtual visits. Children taking part in outdoor visits will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Bethany Didsbury is encouraging visiting during times where we can best support your visits to the care centre with the least amount of disruption to you and your loved one.
RECOMMENDED VISITING HOURS: 11am-7pm
What You Need to Bring to Show Proof of Vaccination or Medical Exemption
You can obtain your vaccination record from Alberta Covid Records prior to visiting. We will be set up to scan your vaccination QR code. We will also accept a picture or a paper record of valid COVID-19 vaccination records. Proof of a medical exemption must be in the form of an original signed letter from a physician or a nurse practitioner.
What You Need to Bring to Show Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test
You will need to show a privately obtained negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before entering our site. Many community pharmacies offer this service. Please do not bring completed rapid self-tests to the sites as these pose a transmission risk.
We continue to adhere to public health orders and additional guidance from Dr. Hinshaw, and regularly consult with our Resident Family Councils to assess our Proof of Vaccination program.
To keep our residents and employees safe, the following measures remain in place at Bethany sites:
- Three times daily high-touch cleaning is in place for common areas.
- Outbreak procedures must be followed.
We know you are concerned about the safety and wellbeing of your loved ones. We are too. As always, we are diligently following protocols and working closely with our public health bodies and Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health to ensure that we are acting on the most current information and public health recommendations.
You may also directly reach out to your Site Administrator with questions and concerns:
Site Administrator: Joan Smyth
For smartphone users, please scroll the table for the site outbreak status.
You may notice that we are using some different terms to report COVID-19 status at our sites. Please note: we are posting the same information, but the language for the various categories has been updated as per Alberta Health Services directives. We have been advised that these changes will help facilitate a swift response and provide an early indicator of possible positive testing. See the revised definitions further down this page.
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The numbers of positive cases will change as employees complete self-isolating or recover and are able to return to work, and as residents recover. Where there is a new case noted for either an employee or resident, we will identify that case as “new” on the first day it is posted, after which time it will be rolled into our ongoing numbers.
Definition of terms:
(Revised January 10, 2022 as per Alberta Health Services)
Note that Public Health determines whether a unit or site meets the criteria to be declared in an outbreak. A unit that is under investigation means that Public Health are investigating suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases on the unit (residents and/or staff) but the unit has not been declared an outbreak by Public Health.
The above information reflects COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory testing linked to the site. Delays to testing in the province may impact the timeliness of the information.
A COVID-19 outbreak is defined as:
- Two or more residents and/or employees who are confirmed to have COVID-19 within a 14-day period OR cases are linked to the same location or caregiver where there is reasonable evidence that transmission could have occurred.
- Employees must have worked at the site during the time they were infectious OR likely to have acquired the infection at work.
- NOTE: A single resident/employee case linked to the site does NOT meet the definition for a facility outbreak. These sites will be deemed “SITE UNDER INVESTIGATION”.
A site under investigation is defined as:
- At least one resident or employee who exhibits any of the symptoms of COVID-19. This includes sites with only one (1) resident/employee confirmed to have COVID-19.
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