Riverside Health Care, in conjunction with the Northwestern Health Unit, has declared a respiratory outbreak at Rainycrest Long-Term Care here.
As a result, all 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 refrain from visiting Rainycrest when feeling unwell to avoid spreading infections to those most vulnerable, including 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; and
•staying at home if sick to avoid spreading infections to others.
Family members are asked to restrict their visits to the resident’s room (not in common areas), as well as refrain from visiting other residents while at Rainycrest.
The Outbreak Management Team at Rainycrest will continue to monitor the situation.