COVID-19 outbreaks growing in Alberta care homes as transmission rises – CBC

160 new outbreaks declared since beginning of September

Oct 25, 2022

Alberta care homes are once again battling a growing number of COVID-19 outbreaks.

According to the province, 160 new COVID outbreaks have been declared in long-term care and supportive living facilities across the province since Sept. 1.

72 residents have been hospitalized and 33 have died.

“It can be quite trying,” said Andrea Barnes.

Her mother’s assisted living facility is just getting through another COVID outbreak that left the 90-year-old facing meals in her room once again — and fewer visits with friends and family.

“It makes things…difficult especially on a 90-year-old. It just plays on the psyche,” said Barnes.

“It does create some issues especially on their mental health. And my mom is having issues cognitively in her short-term memory. And so it’s a lot to explain over and over.”

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