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Virus restricts hospital visiting

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Visitor access has been restricted at the Continuing Care Unit at La Verendrye hospital here after some individuals were identified as having a gastrointenstinal virus there.

“We haven’t got the lab report back, but the symptoms are concurrent with the Norwalk or a Norwalk-like virus,” public health inspector Brian Norris said this morning.

“So, we’re treating it as such until we know otherwise,” he added, noting test samples were sent out today and results could come back by tomorrow afternoon.

While not officially announced closed until this morning, the CCU actually was closed to visitors yesterday afternoon as hospital administration and Dr. Pete Sarsfield, chief medical officer and CEO of the Northwestern Health Unit, concluded that the few cases of illness evident in patients be contained as soon as possible.

“Basically, we’re trying to be cautious, taking into consideration not only the other patients but the community as well,” said Mary King, occupational health co-ordinator for Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc.

The Outbreak Management Team and staff at La Verendrye would like to thank the community for their patience during this restriction.

Any updates will be provided when it becomes available.

A Norwalk-like virus closed Rainycrest Home for the Aged here to visitors for almost two weeks in late January and early February.

Symptoms of the Norwalk and Norwalk-like viruses include vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. The standard recovery time for victims of the gastroenteritis virus is two days.

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