Facility-Wide Outbreak Declared, Other Outbreaks Still Active
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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Officials at the Health Unit and Chartwell Glacier Ridge, located at 1261 Jasper Drive, have declared a facility-wide enteric outbreak at 1400 hrs on January 8, 2019.

Admissions, transfers, discharges and social activities have been cancelled until further notice.

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Visitors are restricted to family members and caregivers only, so please call the facility for more information.

The Health Unit is urging people to stay at home and refrain from visiting hospitals, long-term care facilities and retirement homes when feeling unwell to avoid spreading infections to those most vulnerable: young infants and children, the elderly and those with other chronic illnesses.

The Health Unit reminds the public to prevent getting and spreading infections by:

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  • Washing hands often, for at least 15 seconds with soap and warm water, or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Staying at home if sick to avoid spreading infections to others.

Institutional Outbreaks

  • Glacier Ridge Retirement Home(January 8, 2019): Officials at Glacier Ridge and the TBDHU have called a facility wide outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness. Please contact the facility to learn more about the restrictions in place for visitors.
  • Terrace Bay – McCausland Hospital and The Wilkes Terrace (January 3, 2019): Officials in Terrace Bay and the TBDHU have declared a facility wide outbreak of gastrointestinal illness in both the McCausland Hospital and The Wilkes Terrace. All admissions, transfers, discharges and social activities have been cancelled. Visitors are restricted to family members and caregivers only, so please call the facility for more information.
  • Hogarth Riverview Manor – Gastrointestinal Outbreak (December 31, 2018): Officials at HRM and the TBDHU have declared an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness on 5 South (Orchid Resident Home Area). All admissions, transfers, discharges and social activities have been cancelled for 5 South (Orchid Resident Home Area) until further notice. Visitors are restricted to family members and caregivers only, so please call the facility for more information.
  • Hogarth Riverview Manor – Respiratory Outbreak (December 20, 2018): Officials at Hogarth Riverview Manor and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit have called a respiratory  outbreak on 7 North and 7 South (Trillium and Violet Resident Home Areas). All admissions, transfers, discharges and social activities have been cancelled for 7 North and 7 South until further notice. Visitors are restricted to family members and caregivers only, so please call the facility for more information.

​​​​​The Health Unit reminds the public they can prevent getting and spreading infections by:

  • Getting a seasonal flu shot from  a pharmacy or a health care provider.
  • Washing hands often, for at least 15 seconds with soap and warm water, or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Covering coughs/sneezes with the upper sleeve if no tissue is available.
  • Putting all used tissues in the garbage right away.
  • Staying at home if sick to avoid spreading infections to others.

Community Outbreaks

  • Tuberculosis – The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is managing an outbreak of tuberculosis in Thunder Bay. Most cases identified to date have occurred in individuals who lack adequate housing.  The risk to the general public is extremely low, and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit is continuing to investigate. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is identifying and will contact people who may have been exposed to tuberculosis. Additional cases may be identified during this process. Symptoms of tuberculosis include a new cough, coughing up bloody sputum, chest pain, swollen lymph nodes, weight loss, fever, and night sweats.  If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, seek medical care. For more questions please call an Infectious Diseases nurse at 625-5900 or toll-free at 1-888-294-6630.

Source: TBDHU

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