An outbreak is declared in a long-term care facility when two or more residents are exhibiting symptoms of a communicable illness such as influenza or an enteric (stomach) virus. Declaration of an outbreak is not something to be feared, "outbreak" is the language that is used by the health facility to signal to staff and visitors that extra precautions are being put into place to help reduce further spread of illness and to eliminate the illness in the facility as soon as possible. When a facility is in an outbreak the following visiting restrictions apply:
Visitors are recommended to reschedule visits if at all possible, until the outbreak is declared over. For urgent or compassionate reasons, visitors restricted to family members can report to the nursing station where they will receive instruction on how to limit exposure and transmission.
- Children under the age of six are strongly discouraged from visiting during an outbreak
Please help us to protect our patients, clients, and residents from the spread of illness by being immunized annually for influenza and by washing your hands frequently. Healthy persons for whom infleunza may be a temporary inconvenience can spread illness to others with compromised health for whom influenza can be a very serious or deadly complication. Do not visit anyone in hospital or in a nursing home anytime that you are showing symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea. We strongly encourage everyone to visit one of our immunization clinics during the annual influenza immunization campaign or to call your local public health office to be immunized.