UPDATE: Outbreak over at Leoville long-term care facility
Visitor restrictions have been removed at Evergreen Health Centre in Leoville after a respiratory outbreak was declared over today by Dr. Khami Chokani, Medical Health Officer. Outbreak status remains in place at two other Prince Albert area long-term care facilities.

Published on Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Author: Doug Dahl

Visitor restrictions have been removed at Evergreen Health Centre in Leoville after a respiratory outbreak was declared over today by Dr. Khami Chokani, Medical Health Officer. Outbreak status remains in place at two other Prince Albert area long-term care facilities.

Details of the outbreak declared over are:

  • Evergreen Health Centre, Leoville – Thirteen residents and 16 staff members developed acute respiratory symptoms in January. Laboratory results confirmed the presence of Corona virus; Enterovirus/Rhinovirus. Evergreen Health Centre is a 17-bed special care home in Leoville. Access to the primary health care clinic was not affected. Outbreak was declared on January 16, 2018.

Details of the three current outbreaks are:

  • Herb Bassett Home, Golden Hill Unit, Prince Albert – Eleven residents and two staff members developed respiratory symptoms in last week week. Samples have been collected and laboratory results are pending to determine cause of the outbreak. 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 is not affected; however, visitors are asked to take precautions. Outbreak was declared on January 26, 2018.
  • Big River Health Centre, Big River – Nine residents and six staff members developed acute respiratory symptoms in the past week. Laboratory tests have confirmed Influenza B and Corona virus. 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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