UPDATE: Outbreak declared over at Hafford Special Care Centre
Visitor restrictions have been lifted at the Hafford Special Care Centre in Hafford after a respiratory outbreak was declared over Thursday by Dr. Khami Chokani, Medical Health Officer. Outbreak protocols continue at one area long-term care facility.

Published on Friday, February 16, 2018
Author: Doug Dahl

Visitor restrictions have been lifted at the Hafford Special Care Centre in Hafford after a respiratory outbreak was declared over Thursday by Dr. Khami Chokani, Medical Health Officer. Outbreak protocols continue at one area long-term care facility.

Details of the outbreak declared over are:

  • Hafford Special Care Centre, Hafford – Ten residents and four staff members developed acute respiratory symptoms since February 1, 2018. Laboratory tests have confirmed Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Influenza A (H3N2), Influenza B and Coronavirus NL63. Hafford Special Care Centre is a 22-bed special care home in Hafford. Access to the primary health care clinic was not affected. Outbreak was declared on February 4, 2018.

Details of the current outbreak are:

  • Big River Health Centre, Big River – Fourteen residents and 12 staff members developed acute respiratory symptoms in the since mid-January. Laboratory tests have confirmed Coronavirus OC43, Coronavirus HKU1, Influenza B and Parainfluenza 4. Big River Health Centre has a 35-bed special care home in Big River. Access to the primary health care clinic is not affected. Outbreak was declared on January 22, 2018.

Isolation precautions and visitor limitations are in place during outbreaks. There will be no new admissions or discharges to that unit for the duration of the outbreak, unless discussed with Infection Control or the Medical Health Officer.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority reminds the public that proper hand hygiene reduces the risk of getting or spreading illnesses. Visitors to any health care facility are asked to perform hand hygiene upon entering and leaving the facility. Anyone who is ill is also asked to not visit any health care facility, whether it is on outbreak status or not.

For more information or to arrange interviews contact:
Doug Dahl, Communications Officer
306-765-6409 or 306-961-6217
doug.dahl@saskhealthauthority.ca

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