To our Valued Residents and Family,
Venta Care Centre would like to provide you with some COVID-19 updates and information that is occurring within the Province of Alberta.
Firstly, we would like to extend our appreciation for your continued partnership during this most unusual time of the Pandemic. Working together, we have kept our Residents and Staff safe, a huge accomplishment during which, your participation with visitation has been appreciated.
Moving forward, we are now faced with new COVID-19 Variants and unfortunately, Alberta seems to be seeing a larger spread than any other province in Canada. This week, Alberta Health Services detected 158 Variants. These Variants are showing up as the U.K. and African strains and are deemed highly infectious. Venta Care Centre continues to keep up to date and plans to collaborate with all our Residents, families, and staff on the best ways to keep all safe.
Please note that although Moderna and Pfizer reported that their vaccines are 94.5% and 95% effective. This means that people who are vaccinated are not necessarily immune to getting infected, but they are more likely to experience fewer symptoms and not get as sick as those who aren’t vaccinated. Which can result in more asymptomatic spread within the facility.
Please note that due to a shortage of vaccines in Alberta many staff members have had their second dose injection delayed and many staff and residents are still unable to get their first dose.
Please do not assume that there is protection against the Variants. We need to move carefully ahead. There are still over 60 facilities in Edmonton currently in an outbreak.
Venta Care Centre continues to follow the CMOH Orders in collaboration with staff, residents, and families. Thank you for your patience, support and understanding during these uncertain times.
Dr. Peter Birzgalis
CEO Venta Care Centre