COVID -19 and Women’s Shelters (updated May 4, 2020)

May 04, 2020 | BY Noreen Cotton | IN Press Release


Capella Centre women’s shelter cleared to continue providing safe shelter for women fleeing violence.

St. Paul, Alberta – Alberta Health Services (AHS) has confirmed this weekend that Capella Centre remains free of the coronavirus at its women’s emergency shelter. Capella Centre will now return to full operations and will continue abiding by the public health directives that have kept the shelter COVID-free and a safe haven for families facing violence at home.  

Immediately following the positive test result of a part-time staff member two weeks ago, Capella Centre initiated additional precautionary health and safety measures. In addition to the staff member’s mandatory self-isolation, anyone with direct or indirect contact with her has also isolated as an precaution. As a result of Capella Centre’s swift action and the cooperation of staff and clients, there have been no further positive cases connected to the shelter, and no one has exhibited symptoms of COVID-19.  

“Women’s Shelters remain the safest place for women, children, and seniors facing family violence of any kind. It is critical to reassure the community that Capella Centre is fully operational, and that we continue to strictly adhere to all public health directives and precautions to prevent the spread of COVID -19. Safety of our staff and all individuals that access our services are our priority. Staff are fully trained to continue to deliver trauma-informed services while adhering to all public health precautions and directives. 

To ensure that our community could continue to safely flee from violence at home while remaining safe from the virus, we have been providing our services through remote means, including providing safe accommodations at remote locations. No one that has requested our services has been turned away due to any issue related to COVID-19. With the ‘all clear’ from AHS, we are pleased to re-open safe accommodation at our shelter.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, the Ministry of Community and Social Services, and Capella Centre Board and Staff for all you have done to help support Capella Centre throughout this trying time.

Noreen Cotton, Executive Director, Capella Centre

For updates on Capella Centre’s operations during the pandemic, please visit https://capellacentre.ca/blog/.

About Capella Centre

Capella Centre operates the Columbus House of Hope family and women’s shelter serving St. Paul and surrounding communities since 1984.They offer a full breadth of services including a secure shelter and community programming to help create healthy relationships and build healthy communities.

For any questions or to request an interview, please contact 

Noreen Cotton
Executive Director, Capella Centre

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