Riverside, in conjunction with the Northwestern Health Unit, has declared an influenza outbreak at Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home, effective Jan. 6.
This outbreak is still in effect as of Jan. 16.
All admissions, transfers, discharges, and social activities have been cancelled until further notice.
Visitors are restricted to family members and caregivers only.
The health unit is urging people to stay at home, and refrain from visiting the home, when feeling unwell to avoid spreading infections to those most vulnerable: young infants and children, the elderly, and those with other chronic illnesses.
The public is reminded to prevent getting and spreading infections by:
•Getting a seasonal ‘flu shot.
•Washing hands often, for at least 15 seconds, with soap and warm water or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
•Putting all used tissues in the garbage right away.
•Staying at home if sick to avoid spreading infections to others.
We continue to ask family members to restrict their visits to the resident’s room (not in common areas) and refrain from visiting other residents while at Rainycrest.
The Outbreak Management Team at Rainycrest will continue to monitor the situation.