Thursday, 18 January 2018 05:35

Outbreak of respiratory illness declared at the Gull Lake Special Care Centre

Written by  Sask. Health Authority
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Under the guidance of Medical Health Officer Dr. David Torr, The Gull Lake Special Care Centre was placed under outbreak status due to the presence of respiratory illness on Jan. 17.

 

Visitation restrictions have been put in place during this outbreak to minimize illness being brought into or carried out of the facility. Until further notice, visitation is restricted.

Please note that the outbreak in the Gull Lake Special Care Centre affects long-term care services only; health centre services are still available.

Respiratory viruses are contagious.  They are easily spread by coughing, sneezing, and direct contact through nasal and throat secretions.  Symptoms include fever and chills, cough, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, and a runny or stuffy nose.

Immunization is an important step to protect yourself and those around you. In addition to immunization other measures to protect yourself include proper hand hygiene with warm water and soap, staying home when ill unless seeking medical attention, coughing and sneezing into your sleeve or the crook of your elbow, and frequently cleaning commonly touched surfaces.  Parents with young children should wash their hands thoroughly before and after changing a diaper.  Hand sanitizers should not be used as a complete replacement for proper hand hygiene.

If you’ve been ill within the past seven days, refrain from visiting the Gull Lake Special Care Centre or any of our facilities, to help prevent the spread of illness.

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