Rainycrest Home for the Aged re-opened to visitors Monday afternoon after an outbreak of a Norwalk-like virus there apparently has been quelled.
Rainycrest administrator Jill Colquhoun reported Tuesday morning that no new cases had turned up in residents over the past 48 hours.
“We’re welcoming family and friends of residents back,” she noted. “In fact, I just talked to some visitors this morning.”
On advice of the Northwestern Health Unit, Rainycrest announced Jan. 21 that it would not allow family and friends of residents to visit until the situation improved.
At that time, a total of 27 residents were reported sick with a Norwalk-like virus.
Cases dwindled as only a few new ones cropped up on a daily basis, ultimately falling to zero over the weekend.
During the outbreak, Rainycrest staff took efforts to try and contain the virus, undergoing extra precautions such as frequent handwashing.
Ill residents were encouraged to get plenty of rest, and also were fed a diet of as much soup, juice, ginger ale, and Jell-O as they wanted.
“We want to express our appreciation to the staff for their hard work and use of infectious control methods,” said Colquhoun.
Symptoms of the Norwalk and Norwalk-like viruses include vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. Residents generally recovered after two days—the standard recovery time for victims of the gastroenteritis virus.