January 8, 2015 - The facility-wide respiratory outbreak declared this morning at Pioneer Ridge (750 Tungsten Street) has been confirmed as influenza A.
All 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.
With the flu now in our community, the Health Unit is urging the public to consider a flu shot to protect themselves and those in their lives who are at higher risk of serious illness from the flu. Flu shots are still available from health care providers, local pharmacies and during the Health Unit’s appointment based immunization clinic held every Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
The Health Unit is also urging people to refrain from visiting hospitals and long-term care facilities when feeling unwell to avoid spreading infections to those most vulnerable: young infants and children, the elderly and those with other chronic illnesses.
Vulnerable populations who have flu symptoms should speak with a health care provider to discuss the possible use of antivirals.
The Health Unit reminds the public that they can prevent getting and spreading infections by:
- Getting a seasonal flu shot from the Health Unit or local 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.