Respiratory outbreak declared at Riverside Long Term Care

Press Release

Riverside Health Care in conjunction with the Northwestern Health Unit has declared a respiratory outbreak at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home.

This outbreak is facility wide, including the East and West wings and the Special Care Unit (SCU).

Enhanced visitor restrictions are in place that permit two (2) visitors or caregivers at a time. In addition, visitations must take place in the residents’ rooms, not in common areas.

There are restrictions on admissions, transfers, discharges, and social activities until further notice.

Riverside continues to have our detailed safety procedures and infection prevention control practices in place, which are designed to ensure the health and safety of our staff, the community and those within our care.

The public is reminded to prevent getting and spreading infections by:

  • Washing hands often, for at least 15 seconds with soap and warm water or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Maintaining good cough and sneeze etiquette, including sneezing/couching into a tissue, your sleeve or elbow;
  • Putting all used tissues in the garbage right away;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; and
  • Staying at home if sick, to avoid spreading infections to others.

The Outbreak Management Team will continue to monitor the situation. The care and safety of our residents, team members and families are the top priority.

We thank everyone for their understanding and continued support.