Officials investigating how 2 residents at Calgary’s Clifton Manor contracted COVID-19

Two residents at the Clifton Manor long-term care facility in Calgary have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Brenda Stafford Foundation confirmed on Thursday.

According to a notice on the foundation’s website, the two positive cases were confirmed on Wednesday.

Both residents, along with their roommates — who are not symptomatic — have been in isolation since Tuesday. All the residents lived in the #600 neigbourhood, the foundation said.

The foundation didn’t give ages for the patients or the roommates, or provide any information on their health status. It said both residents were tested as soon as they started showing symptoms on Tuesday. The roommates were tested on Wednesday.

The two infected with the illness were moved to the facility’s isolation ward on Wednesday, as part of the foundation’s “comprehensive COVID-19 containment plan.”

“Strict contact and droplet precautions are in place,” the foundation said. “Staff are wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) when they are caring for affected residents in isolation.”

The foundation said it doesn’t yet know the source of the infection, adding it’s working with the province’s chief medical officer of health to investigate that, and to carry out contact tracing for anyone who might have been in contact with the residents.

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“We will continue to do everything we can to ensure the virus does not spread in our site, and to protect the health and safety of all our residents and staff at Clifton Manor,” the foundation said.

The foundation said Clifton Manor is at full staffing capacity and “has the full support of The Brenda Strafford Foundation’s senior management team and medical directors.”

“We will continue to work together as a team to safely and effectively contain the virus, and take care of our residents, and each other.”

The foundation said it would be providing frequent updates on the situation at Clifton Manor, as well as other sites it owns, on its website.

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