Alberta set to ease COVID rules for continuing care homes, but some remain – CBC

COVID-19 cases continuing care homes dropping, operators say

Jun 29, 2022

Alberta’s continuing care homes are preparing for a further easing of restrictions as the province lifts public health orders related to COVID-19 for the sector at the end of the June.

And while the overarching orders — put in place by Alberta’s chief medical officer of health — will be rescinded, several key rules including mask and isolation requirements are still mandated through Alberta Health Services policies.

“I think it’s a balance of trepidation but also everybody’s just tired of all the standards and guidelines that we’ve had to follow,” said Carolyne Mondoux, executive director of Wentworth Manor, one of a number of Calgary facilities run by The Brenda Strafford Foundation.

“And we’re looking forward to easing out and just going back and normalizing our processes.”

The biggest change, according to Mondoux, is the removal of the health screening requirement, which means facilities won’t have to check everyone at the door for red flags such as symptoms, recent travel or close contacts with COVID-19.

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