THUNDER BAY – COVID-19 Update – The Thunder Bay District has seen a concerning rise in new outbreaks, with three facilities reporting cases of respiratory (COVID-19) on Monday, November 21, 2023. These recent outbreaks add to the challenges the region has been facing since Friday, when several other facilities reported cases. In light of these developments, it is crucial that we remain vigilant and take proactive measures to reduce the spread of the virus. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) has provided recommendations to help keep COVID-19 at bay, ensuring the safety of both residents and visitors.
The three new outbreaks declared on Monday, November 21, 2023, are as follows:
- TBRHSC Respiratory (COVID-19) 3B – November 20, 2023
- The Walford Respiratory (COVID-19) Facility Wide – November 20, 2023
- Pioneer Ridge Respiratory (COVID-19) Home Area 2 – November 20, 2023
These outbreaks come in addition to the ones reported on Friday:
- Hogarth Riverview Manor Respiratory (COVID-19) 5 South – Orchid Resident Home Area – November 18, 2023
- St. Joseph’s Hospital Respiratory (COVID-19) 3 South – Rehabilitative Care Services – November 17, 2023
- Southbridge Pinewood Respiratory (COVID-19) Blue Heron Unit – November 17, 2023
- TBRHSC Respiratory (COVID-19) 2A – November 15, 2023
Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
To protect both residents and visitors and to prevent further outbreaks in the Thunder Bay District, it is essential to follow recommended guidelines and measures:
- Compliance with Facility Signage: Facilities have posted signage with important information regarding COVID-19 safety measures. It is imperative to adhere to these signs, which may include instructions on mask-wearing, hand hygiene, and social distancing. Ignoring these guidelines can increase the risk of transmission.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Always follow the recommendations of facility staff regarding the use of personal protective equipment, such as masks. Properly wearing masks and other PPE not only safeguards you but also those around you. These measures are crucial in enclosed spaces where the virus can easily spread.
- Stay Home When Sick: Perhaps the most critical step in preventing the spread of COVID-19 is to avoid visiting Long-term Care or Retirement Homes when you are feeling unwell. Even if your symptoms are mild, they can pose a significant risk to vulnerable residents. Delay your visit until you are healthy again to protect the health and well-being of everyone involved.
- Vaccination: Ensure that you and your loved ones are up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations. Vaccination remains one of the most effective tools in reducing the severity of the disease and slowing its spread.
- Regular Testing: If you suspect you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms, get tested promptly. Early detection and isolation can help prevent further transmission.
- Follow Public Health Guidelines: Stay informed about the latest public health guidelines and updates provided by the TBDHU and follow them diligently. This includes guidance on gatherings, travel, and other activities.
The recent outbreaks in the Thunder Bay District remind us that COVID-19 remains a threat that requires our collective vigilance. By following the recommendations of the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and adhering to facility guidelines and precautions, we can play a crucial role in preventing further outbreaks and protecting the health and safety of our community.
It is only through our shared commitment to these measures that we can keep COVID-19 at bay and look forward to safer and healthier days ahead.