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Outbreak declared


Riverside, in conjunction with the Northwestern Health Unit, has declared a gastroenteritis outbreak at Rainycrest Long-Term Care here.

All 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 refrain from visiting the home when feeling unwell to avoid spreading infections to those most vulnerable, including young infants and children, the elderly, and those with other chronic illnesses.

The public is reminded 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; and

•staying at home if sick, to avoid spreading infections to others.

Family members are asked to restrict their visits to the resident's room only, and refrain from visiting in common areas or with other residents while at Rainycrest.

The Outbreak Management Team at Rainycrest will continue to monitor the situation.

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