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Contact: ‚ÄčLeslie Beard

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October 18, 2020

Test results show Century Park COVID-free

Optima Living is pleased to advise that its Century Park residence in Vegreville, Alberta, managed by Pro Vita, has now been declared COVID-free.

On October 2, one of the staff (care partners) tested positive for COVID-19 and was subsequently isolated. Tests of residents and care partners conducted over the past two weeks for COVID-19 at the Century Park continuing care site show no further transmission. On Friday, October 16, Dr. Digby Horne, Medical Officer of Health (MOH) for the Central Zone of Alberta Health Services, declared the site COVID-free and advised that all usual activities can resume.

We are also pleased to advise that the care partner is recovering well.

Until Century Park had received all final test results, and as part of its pandemic response plan, the site implemented several additional measures, in addition to following Alberta Health Services’ MOH’s guidance. The site employed best-practice/evidence-based guidelines for COVID-19 outbreak prevention, control and management. Other measures included temporary visitor restrictions and postponing all group activities for residents to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

Throughout, Optima Living provided extra resources from its Quality Care, Operations and Support Services to fully support the team.

Alberta Health Services continues to remain in close contact with Century Park as the health and safety of residents and staff are a shared priority.

“We very much appreciate the support and assistance AHS has provided us with, not only when one of our care partners received a diagnosis of COVID-19, but over the past several months,” said Yvette Elmquist, Regional Director, Quality Care.

“The team at Century Park has done a good job putting in effective safeguards and measures to protect the health and safety of all residents and staff,” said Lori Sparrow, Executive Director, AHS. We believe that the strong, collaborative working relationship established with Optima Living throughout the pandemic is the only way to effectively address this serious issue.”

The usual precautions Century Park first put in place in March to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 will continue. All care partners and visitors must wear masks while at the site and continue to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering.

Albertans can access up to date information on COVID-19 at ahs.ca/covid and alberta.ca/covid.