Riverside Health Care in conjunction with the Northwestern Public Health Unit has declared a Gastroenteritis Outbreak at Rainycrest Long Term Care.
On Friday, Feb. 7, the Outbreak Management Team lifted a previously declared Respiratory and Gastroenteritis outbreaks, allowing visitations and socialization to resume. However, a new Gastroenteritis Outbreak was declared 24 hours later, at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
All admissions, transfers, discharges and social activities are cancelled until further notice.
Visitors are restricted to family members and caregivers only.
Riverside Health Care is urging people to stay at home and refrain from visiting loved ones in the hospital or long-term care residents when feeling unwell to avoid spreading infections, especially to the elderly, children and those with weakened immune systems.
The public is reminded to prevent getting and spreading infections by:
– Getting a 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.
Riverside staff continue to ask family members to restrict their visits to the resident’s room, refrain from visiting in common areas and to not visit other residents who are not immediate family while at Rainycrest.
The Outbreak Management Team will continue to monitor the situation.