UPDATE: Outbreak declared over at Herb Bassett Home
Visitor restrictions have been lifted at the Herb Bassett Home in Prince Albert after a respiratory outbreak was declared over today by Dr. Khami Chokani, Medical Health Officer. Outbreaks remain in place at two long-term care facilities.

Published on Monday, February 12, 2018
Author: Doug Dahl

Visitor restrictions have been lifted at the Herb Bassett Home in Prince Albert after a respiratory outbreak was declared over today by Dr. Khami Chokani, Medical Health Officer. Outbreaks remain in place at two long-term care facilities.

Details of the outbreak declared over are:

  • Herb Bassett Home, Golden Hill Unit, Prince Albert – Seventeen residents and 11 staff members developed respiratory symptoms since late January. Laboratory testing identified the causative organism as Influenza A (H3N2). Herb Bassett Home is a 144-bed special care home in Prince Albert. Golden Hill is one of three 48-bed units. Access to the other two units was not affected; however, visitors are asked to take precautions. Outbreak was declared on January 26, 2018.

Details of two current outbreaks are:

  • Hafford Special Care Centre, Hafford – Eight residents and four staff members have developed acute respiratory symptoms since February 1, 2018. Laboratory tests have confirmed Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Influenza A (H3N2) and Coronavirus NL63. Hafford Special Care Centre is a 22-bed special care home in Hafford. Access to the primary health care clinic is not affected. Outbreak was declared on February 4, 2018.
  • Big River Health Centre, Big River – Fourteen residents and 12 staff members have developed acute respiratory symptoms in the past week. 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. 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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