Outbreaks and/or infectious diseases, such as respiratory infections (e.g. influenza), gastrointestinal illnesses (e.g. norovirus), and Clostridium difficile (C.diff), currently found in all hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other health facilities within the Northern Health region, or are licensed under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act, are included here.
What is an outbreak?
An outbreak occurs when more than two people have the same illness that can be linked back to one source or cause. The medical health officer determines when an outbreak will be declared. For C. difficile, an outbreak is declared when the number of cases increases above what is normally experienced.
Please note that the threshold for declaration of an outbreak is not extremely high (i.e. it takes only a handful of cases of illnesses for us to declare an outbreak), so that we can control and end an outbreak early, before it can affect more people.
Please note this may not be updated in real-time.
If you are intending to visit a facility listed below, please consider postponing your visit until the outbreak is over, in order to help keep you and your loved ones healthy.
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|There are currently no active outbreaks in Northern Health facilities|
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2020
What should I do when an outbreak occurs?
The best way to prevent the spread of infections is to wash your hands, practice proper sneeze/cough etiquette, and to get an annual flu shot. We also encourage you to stay home if you are or have recently been ill.
Please avoid visiting an affected facility during an outbreak. If the situation is urgent and you must visit the facility, please ensure you are feeling well, and speak to staff about any precautions that may be necessary.
- Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand rub product when visiting and when you leave.
- Follow instructions given by staff.
- Look for signs with further instructions.
How does Northern Health respond to an outbreak?
We have strict infection control practices that follow provincial guidelines which we adhere to when an outbreak is declared.