Update: January 22, 2018
The Gastrointestinal Illness outbreak in the Outlook and District Health Centre Long Term Care has been lifted by Dr. Torr, Consulting Medical Health Officer. Visitor restrictions are no longer in place.
An outbreak of gastrointestinal illness has been declared by Dr. David Torr, Consulting Medical Health Officer, in the Outlook and District Health Centre-Long Term Care effective January 3, 2018. Specimens have been sent to the lab to identify the cause. We are requesting the cooperation of all staff and public in dealing with the outbreak. Currently the Outlook and District Health Centre-Long Term Care is the only facility with a Gastrointestinal Illness outbreak in place. Respiratory Illness outbreaks remain in place in both Davidson Health Centre and Biggar and District Health Centre Long Term Care. Staff in Outlook are working diligently to enhance infection prevention and control precautions. The following precautions have been taken:
Hand hygiene still remains a key practice in the prevention of illness and outbreaks. Wash your hands thoroughly, properly and frequently, particularly before and after patient/client care, washroom use, blowing your nose, and after touching surfaces. We need to remain vigilant in preventing infections in our facilities and communities, as well as following these easy steps: