Covid 19 Update for June 1, 2021

Update Letter Sent to Family on June 1, 2021

Hello to all Families:

Just an update of what is happening at Salem Home.  The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Winkler and surrounding communities remains high.  The local hospital continues to be stretched to the maximum.  As has been mentioned in previous letters to you, it is our responsibility to keep residents safe, regardless of what is happening around us.

We are reporting that we do have one resident testing positive for the virus on Maple South.  Affected families in the area have been provided with this information, and the residents are being monitored for possible symptoms.  All necessary precautions are in place.  Salem Home is not in outbreak as of now, given the new definition of outbreak according to the Chief Medical Officer of Public Health for the province.  We pray that the number of cases is limited to just the one. Contact tracing shows the resident contracted the virus through a visitation shelter visit.

Bed Numbers Resident Positive Cases Residents Recovered Deceased
145 8 5 2

The restrictions included in the letter sent in May, remain in place.  As a reminder they are:

Designated Family Caregivers

No changes in visitation times. Continue to be:

  • Monday – Friday: 10 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Please schedule your arrival time prior to, or after the times below, as there will be no on available to answer the door:

  • 12:00 – 12:30 PM
  • 5:00 – 5:30 PM

The Designated Family Caregiver is NOT allowed to take the resident outside for a walk or to meet with other family members. If the Designated Family Caregiver wishes to spend time with their loved one outdoors, please take advantage of the sun, shade and swing in the courtyard.

Visitation Shelters

  • All visits in the shelters are suspended until further notice. This is in keeping with the provincial decision of staying within your “household only”. General visitors are not considered part of the residents’ household.

COVID positive cases

In recent weeks, more staff have tested positive. It has been determined that staff have not acquired COVID-19 through the workplace, instead, it is through community transmission.   We are thankful for staff being diligent in their use of PPEs.  This is the primary avenue of keeping residents as safe as we can.  As of May 01, 2021:

Staff Positive Cases Staff Recovered
05 05

Renovations of Cottonwood East Hallway

  • Renovations are well underway in the East Hallway. The entire space – resident rooms and hallway have been rewired, new pipes have been plumbed in where needed, and increased insulation put in.
  • The floor design and placement of items will be more user friendly when done. MSTW gave us permission to modify a number of building codes so the space is more accommodating for residents using mobility devices.
  • It will be a while before residents can move back home as the air handling units are now being built and will need to be installed prior to anyone moving in.
  • Both the Salem Home and Salem Foundation Board members are fundraising for this very important undertaking. Just as in our own homes, the place where residents live should fit their needs.

Thank you for your encouragement, support and many prayers as we care for your loved ones to the best of our ability.  We ask for your continued prayers as decisions are made to ensure residents can be cared for safely.



Sherry Janzen                                                                    Karin Oliveira

Chief Executive Officer                                                  Director of Resident Care Services


Copyright © Salem Home. All Rights Reserved.