Special Lodge Bulletin
April 12, 2022
Please be aware that the lodge is officially under outbreak status with AHS. At this point,
two residents have tested positive for Covid-19. A total of four residents currently have
symptoms, which have been reported to be cold-like and not worsening. AHS is
providing guidance and assistance.
Again, I urge every lodge resident to take this seriously, to protect themselves and do
their part to keep the virus from spreading further. Since Alberta has lifted almost all
public health measures, everyone can expect to be exposed at some point, so let’s do
what we can to prevent wider outbreaks in the lodge and to care for each other.
I strongly recommend you take or continue to take the following measures now:
Please wear a medical-grade mask when not in your suite (except when eating and
drinking). We will share medical-grade masks with you. If you do not wear a mask,
you do so at your own risk, which may put others at risk.
Please reduce your contact with others – it is the best way to reduce your risk.
Please have only essential visitors in and only make crucial trips out of the lodge.
Remember to keep your distance from others when possible and don’t share the
elevator with anyone.
Please take your meals in your suite if you have not received a booster dose of the
vaccine. Tell the front desk what you decide to do about this, and feel free to ask for
help booking a vaccine or booster dose in town.
If you want to take your meals in your suite regardless of your vaccination status,
tell the front desk, and we will make the necessary arrangements.
You are still legally required to screen yourself for symptoms every day. This is
critical; surveys show that many people living in lodges hide mild symptoms. There is
no shame in getting Covid-19; it’s now more common than influenza. Please see the
list of symptoms below.
If you have even the slightest new or worsening symptom, please remain in your
suite except for medical-related trips out and tell us via phone or emergency call
system immediately (403-678-5922).
Remember that visits to the lodge should be reduced, and visitors must be fully
vaccinated and remain properly masked the entire time they are in the building.
AHS may impose more severe restrictions, such as limited visitation, fewer people at
dining tables, and daily resident wellness checks. We will let you know of any changes
Again, BVRH has re-instated our outbreak protocols. We have canceled activities and
bus trips, suspended salon services, continued enhanced disinfection of common areas,
and are reviewing protocols with our staff.
CBC posted an article yesterday that highlighted the fact that most Albertans have been
exposed to Omicron and that those who haven’t yet been will be. The transmissibility of
the variant and its ability to evade natural and vaccinated immunity and the elimination of
public health measures make it inevitable. The best protection against serious illness is
vaccination (third and fourth doses reportedly make a huge difference), and the steps
outlined earlier in this bulletin. Please feel free to book your next booster at any local
participating pharmacies; meanwhile, we are waiting to hear from AHS about another
vaccine clinic at the lodge.
WATCH FOR AND REPORT NEW OR WORSENING SYMPTOMS:
• Shortness of breath
• Runny nose
• Sore throat
• Painful swallowing
• Nasal congestion
• Feeling unwell/fatigued
• Nausea / vomiting / diarrhea
• Unexplained loss of appetite
• Loss of sense of taste or smell
• Muscle/joint aches
• Conjunctivitis (commonly known as pink eye)