Outbreaks

Outbreaks in Effect
 

Institutional Outbreaks 

  • Bethammi Nursing Home – Respiratory (June 19, 2019): Officials at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and Bethammi Nursing Home, located at 63 Carrie St, have declared a facility-wide respiratory outbreak. Admissions, transfers, discharges and social activities have been cancelled until further notice. Visitors are restricted to family members and caregivers only, so please call the facility for more information.
  • Southbridge Pinewood Court - Gastrointestinal (June 14, 2019): Officials at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and Southbridge Pinewood Court, located at 2625 Walsh Street East, have declared a facility-wide gastrointestinal outbreak. Admissions, transfers, discharges and social activities have been cancelled until further notice. Visitors are restricted to family members and caregivers only, so please call the facility for more information.

​​​​​The Health Unit reminds the public they can prevent getting and spreading infections by:

  • Getting a seasonal flu shot from  a pharmacy or a health care provider.
  • Washing hands often, for at least 15 seconds with soap and warm water, or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Covering coughs/sneezes with the upper sleeve if no tissue is available.
  • Putting all used tissues in the garbage right away.
  • Staying at home if sick to avoid spreading infections to others.

 

Community Outbreaks

  • Tuberculosis - The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is managing an outbreak of tuberculosis in Thunder Bay. Most cases identified to date have occurred in individuals who lack adequate housing.  The risk to the general public is extremely low, and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit is continuing to investigate. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is identifying and will contact people who may have been exposed to tuberculosis. Additional cases may be identified during this process. Symptoms of tuberculosis include a new cough, coughing up bloody sputum, chest pain, swollen lymph nodes, weight loss, fever, and night sweats.  If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, seek medical care. For more questions please call an Infectious Diseases nurse at 625-5900 or toll-free at 1-888-294-6630.
For more information on TB and the outbreak, visit the Tuberculosis Outbreak page

 

 

For Further Information

Call the Infectious Disease or Environmental Health Programs: (807) 625-5900

or toll-free 1-888-294-6630

Last Updated: 19/06/2019