Coronavirus: Calgary long-term care facility recruiting staff as death toll rises to 18

An additional death has been reported at the McKenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre, bringing the total number of COVID-19-related deaths at the Calgary long-term care facility to 18.

According to Revera, the operator of the facility, 59 residents and 40 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 to date, and a total of 18 people have recovered.

The first resident at the facility tested positive in late March, and the care facility has not been accepting new residents since then, a statement from Revera said.

Staff stabilization

According to Revera’s chief medical officer Dr. Rhonda Collins, a large-scale recruitment effort is underway at the facility to help stabilize staffing levels.

Thirty-seven new staff, along with 10 agency staff members, have been hired at the McKenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre since the outbreak began, not including the nursing resources and clinical expertise provided to the facility by Alberta Health Services, Collins said.

Revera said there have been several families that have reached out to the executive director of the McKenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre on behalf of people in the Calgary community who are interested in joining the staff at the facility.

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