Enteric outbreak declared at Prairie Pioneers Lodge

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Enteric Outbreak Declared at the Prairie Pioneers Lodge - February 27

Under the guidance of Cypress Health Region’s Consulting Medical Health Officer, Dr. David Torr, an outbreak has been declared at the Prairie Pioneers Lodge in Swift Current.

The outbreak is due to the identification of an enteric illness among four long term care residents and the possibility of several staff members.

Visitation to the facility has been restricted – there will be no visitation allowed until further notice. However in the event of an end-of-life situation, the nurse in charge will make arrangements with the family members for visitation to occur with their loved one.

These restrictions have been put in place in an attempt to minimize the risk of additional viruses from the community coming into the facility, and from within the facility to the community.

Regular visitation will be resumed once the outbreak has been declared ‘over’.

The health region’s Infection Control Team is involved at the facility and enhanced cleaning and infection control protocols have been implemented. Samples are being forwarded to the Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory in Regina for confirmation of the illness.

In addition, an ‘Alert’ status has been implemented at the Palliser Regional Care Centre in Swift Current due to the identification of enteric illness. At this point, regular visitation is still being allowed but any visitors are encouraged to stay away from the facility if they are feeling ill. Handwashing should occur upon entering and leaving the facility.

Due to the presence of illness within the community, Dr. Torr would like to remind the public to emphasize enhanced infection control practices at all times:

- Frequent and proper handwashing

- Stay home when feeling ill

- Cough and/or sneeze into the crook of your arm.

- Frequent cleaning of highly used areas – doorknobs, keyboards, counter tops, etc.

 More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Organizations: Palliser Regional Care Centre, Cypress Health Region, Prairie Pioneers Lodge

Geographic location: Swift Current

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