Influenza Outbreak Update – Thunder Bay Facilities January 17, 2018

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THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has updated, and extended Influenza A Outbreak alerts at a pair of facilities in Thunder Bay.

Officials at the Health Unit and St. Joseph’s Care Group have extended the Influenza A outbreak affecting the Medically Complex Services Unit (2 South) of St. Joseph’s Hospital, 35 N. Algoma St., to include the Medically Complex Services Unit (2 North).

All admissions, transfers, discharges and social activities have been cancelled on these 2 units until further notice. Visitors are restricted to family members and caregivers only, so please call the facility for more information.

Officials at the Health Unit and Roseview Manor, located at 99 Shuniah Street, have extended the Influenza A outbreak to include the entire facility.

All admissions, transfers, discharges and social activities have been canceled until further notice. Visitors are restricted to family members and caregivers only, so please call the facility for more information.

The Health Unit is urging people to refrain from visiting hospitals and long-term care facilities when feeling unwell to avoid spreading infections to those most vulnerable: young infants and children, the elderly and those with other chronic illnesses.

The Health Unit reminds the public that they can prevent getting and spreading infections by:
•    Getting a seasonal flu shot from the Health Unit or local health care provider.
•    Washing hands often, for at least 15 seconds with soap and warm water, or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
•    Covering coughs/sneezes with the upper sleeve if no tissue is available.
•    Putting all used tissues in the garbage right away.
•    Staying at home if sick to avoid spreading infections to others.

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