The Thunder Bay District Health Unit and officials at the Nipigon District Memorial Hospital and Chartwell Isabella Retirement Residence declared facility-wide outbreaks of gastrointestinal disease on Wednesday.
For both affected facilities, admissions, transfers, discharges and social activities have been cancelled until further notice. Visitors are restricted to family members and caregivers only.
The Health Unit is urging people to stay at home and refrain from visiting hospitals, long-term care facilities and retirement homes when feeling unwell to avoid spreading infections to those most vulnerable: young infants and children, the elderly and those with other chronic illnesses.
The Health Unit reminds the public to prevent getting and spreading infections by:
- Washing hands often, for at least 15 seconds with soap and warm water, or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Staying at home if sick to avoid spreading infections to others.