Edmonton's Kensington Village long-term care unit reports first COVID-19 death

A resident in the long-term care unit of Edmonton’s Kensington Village died on Thursday of COVID-19, the first reported death in that part of the facility, which has dealt with an outbreak over the past month.

The woman, aged 72, was swabbed on Tuesday and confirmed positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. She later died that same day.

“In the long-term area upon finding out that the resident was positive, we’ve placed everybody on isolation immediately,” said Lynn Haugen, executive director of care with Shepherd’s Care, which operates Kensington Village.

“So as of April 23 all long-term care residents are in their rooms receiving trace service.”

The source of the positive case has yet to be confirmed, but Shepherd’s Care is looking at the possibility that it came from an asymptomatic staff member, as visitors have been banned at Kensington Village facilities.

In total, 21 residents and eight staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Three residents have died.

Eight residents remain in hospital.

Before the woman’s case, the virus had only been detected in the supportive-living facility, along with the condo and apartment units.

The facility has been dealing with an outbreak since mid-March. None of the seven other seniors facilities run by Shepherd’s Care in Edmonton or Barrhead have had residents test positive for COVID-19.

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