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Illness Outbreaks in Prairie North Facilities

Update:         February 13, 2018    10:30 a.m.

Current Outbreaks:  TWO

  • Battlefords District Care Centre - WARD 3 - Respiratory Outbreak status remains in effect for WARD 3 of Battlefords District Care Centre. The outbreak was declared on Monday, February 5, 2018. The causative organism has been identified as human metapneumovirus. Outbreak precautions are in effect for WARD 3. All social and recreational activities on the Ward are suspended until further notice. All visitors are to follow the outbreak precautions identified below.
  • River Heights Lodge, North Battleford -  Respiratory Outbreak status remains in effect at River Heights Lodge. Outbreak status was extended to the entire facility, effective Wednesday, January 3, 2017. The outbreak had initially been declared for the EAST SIDE ONLY of River Heights Lodge, on Friday, December 29, 2017. The causative organism has been determined to be human metapneumovirus and parainfluenza 1. Outbreak precautions are in effect for the entire facility. All social and recreational activities are suspended until further notice. All visitors are to follow the outbreak precautions identified below. 

Visiting when an outbreak is declared in a facility:

Visitors play an important role in supporting patients and residents in health care facilities. Visiting may continue during outbreak situations. HOWEVER, we recommend that individuals reschedule their visits if at all possible, until the outbreak is declared over. Children under the age of six are strongly discouraged from visiting during an outbreak.

Individuals should not visit anyone in hospital or in a long-term care (LTC) facility at any time when they - the visitor - is experiencing symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.

During an outbreak, visitors may be at risk of acquiring infection within the hospital or LTC home.  

If you must visit, you must comply with the following:

  • Report to the nursing desk before visiting.
  • Use proper hand hygiene practices before, during, and after visiting.
  • Use proper respiratory etiquette.
  • Restrict your visiting to only your own relative or friend in their own room. Do not visit from one resident/patient to another.
  • Wear required personal protective equipment (PPE) as directed (gown, procedure mask, eye protection, etc.) and remain in resident's/patient's room. Clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub before putting on or after taking off the PPE.

If the facility is having difficulty controlling the outbreak, further visiting restrictions may be implemented.

Proper handwashing is the number one way to prevent the spread of illness. When you visit our facilities, please remember to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly - both before and after your visit.

How to wash your hands - 7 tips from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

To keep yourself, your loved one, and all patients, residents, and care providers safe from infection, we ask you to follow a number of simple precautions. Learn more by watching this video.

Previous Outbreaks Declared Over:

  • Northland Pioneers Lodge, Meadow Lake - SOUTH SIDE ONLY  - The Gastrointestinal outbreak on the SOUTH SIDE of Northland Pioneers Lodge in Meadow Lake has been DECLARED OVER, effective Monday, February 5, 2018. The outbreak had been declared on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect. All social and recreational activities are returning to normal. Visitor restrictions are no longer in effect however, all visitors are urged to always follow proper hand hygiene and infection control practices.
  • St. Walburg Health Complex, St. Walburg - The respiratory outbreak at St. Walburg Health Complex has been DECLARED OVER, as of Tuesday, January 30, 2018. The outbreak was declared on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. The causative organism had been identified as Influenza B. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect. All social and recreational activities are returning to normal. Visitor restrictions are no longer in effect. All visitors are reminded to always follow proper hand hygiene and infection control practices.
  • Lady Minto Health Care Center, Edam - The Respiratory Outbreak at Lady Minto Health Care Center in Edam HAS BEEN DECLARED OVER, as of Monday January 29, 2018. The outbreak had been declared on Wednesday, January 17, 2017. The causative organism was Influenza A. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect. All social and recreational activities are returning to normal. All visitors are reminded to ALWAYS follow proper hand hygiene and infection control practices.
  • Cut Knife Health Complex, Cut Knife -  The Respiratory Outbreak at Cut Knife Health Complex has been DECLARED OVER, effective Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect and all social are recreational activities are returning to normal. Visitors are reminded to always follow proper hand hygiene and infection control practices. The outbreak had been declared on Friday, December 29, 2017.
  • St. Walburg Health Complex, St. Walburg -  The Respiratory Outbreak at St. Walburg Health Complex has been DECLARED OVER, effective Friday, December 1, 2017. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect. All social and recreational activities are returning to normal.  All visitors are reminded to always follow the outbreak precautions identified below. The outbreak had been declared on November 15, 2017.
  • Lady Minto Health Care Center, Edam -  The respiratory outbreak at Lady Minto Health Care Center, Edam has been DECLARED OVER, effective Thursday, November 2, 2017. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect. Social and recreational activities are resuming.  All visitors are welcome and are urged to always follow proper hand hygiene and infection control practices.
  • Lloydminster Continuing Care Centre - The outbreak at Lloydminster Continuing Care Centre has been DECLARED OVER, effective Monday, October 16, 2017. The outbreak had been declared on Friday, September 29, 2017. Enterovirus/Rhinovirus was identified as the causative organism. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect. Social and recreational activities will resume. Visiting is permitted and  ALL visitors are urged to always follow appropriate hygiene practices.
  • Northland Pioneers Lodge, Meadow Lake - SOUTH SIDE - The Respiratory Outbreak on the SOUTH Side of NPL has BEEN DECLARED OVER,  as of Monday, September 11, 2017. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect. All social and recreational activities are returning to normal. Visiting is permitted and all visitors are urged to follow the guidelines and restrictions (above).  The outbreak was declared on Monday, August 28, 2017. The causative organism was determined to be enterovirus/rhinovirus.
  • River Heights Lodge, North Battleford - WEST SIDE - The Respiratory Outbreak on the WEST Side of River Heights Lodge has BEEN DECLARED OVER, as of Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect. All social and recreational activities are returning to normal. Visiting is permitted and all visitors are urged to follow the guidelines and restrictions as identified above.  The outbreak was declared on Monday, July 31, 2017. The causative organism was determined to be enterovirus/rhinovirus.
  • River Heights Lodge, North Battleford - EAST SIDE - The Respiratory Outbreak on the EAST Side of River Heights Lodge has BEEN DECLARED OVER, as of Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect. All social and recreational activities are returning to normal. Visiting is permitted and all visitors are urged to follow the guidelines and restrictions as identified below.  The outbreak was declared on Sunday, July 16, 2017. The causative organism was determined to be enterovirus/rhinovirus.
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  • Northland Pioneers Lodge, Meadow Lake - The Respiratory Outbreak at NPL HAS BEEN DECLARED OVER, EFFECTIVE Thursday, June 15, 2017. The declaration had been in effect since Monday, May 15, 2017. The causative organisms were identified as human metapneumovirus and parainfluenza. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect. Social and recreational activities are returning to normal. Visiting is permitted and all visitors are urged to always follow appropriate hand hygiene and infection control practices.
  • Lloydminster Continuing Care Centre, Lloydminster - The Gastrointestinal Outbreak at Lloydminster Continuing Care facility, has been DECLARED OVER, effective Friday, April 14, 2017. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect. All social and recreational activities are resuming. Visiting is permitted and all visitors are urged to always follow appropriate hand hygiene and other infection control practices. The initial respiratory outbreak was declared on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
  • Riverside Health Complex, Turtleford - The Outbreak at Riverside Health Complex has been DECLARED OVER, as of Monday, March 27, 2017Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect. Social and recreational activities are returning to normal. Visiting is permitted and all visitors are urged to always follow appropriate hand hygiene and other infection control practices The initial respiratory outbreak was declared on Thursday, March 8, 2017. The causative organisms were identified as Influenza B and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, members of the public should contact the facility in question directly - click here for a phone directory.

Media inquiries should be directed to Linda Lewis - 306-446-6625.


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