Clinton Public Hospital hit by influenza outbreak
December 21, 2019 6:58pm
The Clinton Public Hospital has declared an influenza outbreak on the inpatient unit.
A news release by the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance on Saturday states that two of Clinton Public Hospital site’s patients have tested positive for influenza.
“In response to the outbreak, we are working closely with the Huron County Health Unit. We have closed the unit to admissions and transfers, restricted visitors to two per patient and have put some limitations on staffing for the unit,” said Infection Control Practioner Larry Morrel.
All patients on the unit are currently being offered Tamiflu prophylaxis.
In addition, visitors to the unit are asked to follow proper hand hygiene procedures and are reminded to cough or sneeze into their arm versus their hands. Any visitors who are feeling under the weather are cautioned to refrain from visiting until they have recovered.
Exceptions will be made for direct family members of palliative patients.
With flu season arriving in the Huron and Perth communities, Morrell advises the public to be proactive.
“Get a flu shot, which is still available from your family doctor and local pharmacies; wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer; if you are not feeling well please stay home and rest; keep commonly touched surfaces clean and cough or sneeze into your sleeve.”
Coronavirus: Younger demographics lead infections in Manitoba, Canada – Global News
Federal officials warn the virus will continue to spread unless some early pandemic precautions are re-adopted and close contacts are reduced.
“We’re on the brink of a fall that could be much worse than the spring,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an address to the nation Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Manitoba began to see an increase in cases in August after a spring and early summer plateau — it started with clusters in western and southern Manitoba, before September surges in Winnipeg rocketed the total number of infections to 1,674 as of Wednesday.
As of Sept. 23, 369 people aged 20-to-29 have been infected in the province — the heaviest-hit demographic, based on provincial data.
The second-hardest hit demographic — 30-to-39-year-olds — has seen 318 people infected, according to provincial data.
Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, pleaded with younger people to take precautions seriously in a COVID-19 briefing Tuesday in which she and other public health officials warned infections country-wide could potentially increase to 155,795 total cases and 9,300 deaths by Oct. 2.
“Young people were part of the collective solution to crushing the spring wave and now with incidence rates in this age cohort, they are a critical element in the solution. We need to ramp up the defences and stop a big resurgence from occurring,” Tam said.
“I am making a special call-out to young Canadians: we need your ingenuity and your drive because we won’t get COVID-19 back on the slow burn track without your help.
“This is your generation, this is your time, you’ve got this.”
People aged 10-19 are the fifth-hardest hit demographic — 191 youth have been infected.
Most but not all teenagers are taking COVID-19 precautions — handwashing, mask-wearing and physical distancing — seriously, Winnipeg high school students told Global News Wednesday.
“Personally, I am. Not everybody is, but personally I am,” said Grant Park High School student Zane Schellenberg.
“It’s really half and half, a lot of people are saying it’s like a joke… but then a lot of other people are saying it’s really real, and some of them don’t even come to school. It’s really an equal bunch,” said Samantha Keen, a student at the same school, adding that most people she knows aren’t attending large parties.
“I feel like some people just don’t think they should take it seriously because a bunch of young people don’t really get affected, but I feel like they should because like if I got infected and I infected my grandparents or something… that wouldn’t be very fun,” said Catherine Caparas, another Grant Park High School student.
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Ontario to review COVID-19 symptoms list for schools, minister says – Sudbury.com
TORONTO — Ontario’s education minister says he is considering shortening the list of COVID-19 symptoms that require kids to stay home from school.
Stephen Lecce says he is working with the province’s medical officials to consider possible changes to the list.
British Columbia shortened its list earlier this week by removing 10 symptoms, prompting Ontario to review the data behind that decision.
Officials in B.C. removed symptoms such as a sore throat, runny nose, and headaches from their list.
Ontario’s school reopening plan requires parents to screen their children for COVID-19 symptoms and keep them home if they display signs of the virus.
Students are permitted to return to class when they no longer display symptoms.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2020.
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Third death reported in Foothills outbreak; provincial nurses union says morale low – Calgary Herald
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With so many staff members isolating, the hospital is using overtime and reassignment to cover shifts. AHS has multiple staff swabbing sites at the hospital to increase testing capacity for staff on outbreak units. They are screened twice a day.
Staff are also encouraged to take their breaks outside and adhere to physical distancing.
Harrigan said morale continues to drop and, he feels, AHS has made the situation worse.
“People have to work additional overtime and people are being asked to pick up additional shifts. We’ve heard from a number of our members that are phoning to say look, I’ve worked eight to nine consecutive days, this is starting to become too much,” he said.
He doesn’t know if anything will change if the outbreak at Foothills continues to get worse.
AHS said Wednesday the origin of the outbreaks remains unknown.
“Multiple teams are working daily to determine where the infection may have started, how it was transmitted and who needs to be contacted and tested to limit exposure,” AHS said. “This is standard procedure in our contact tracing that we implement with any outbreak.”
Hospitalizations surge in Alberta; 143 new cases
The number of Albertans hospitalized with COVID-19 increased to 59 on Wednesday, up from 51 Tuesday. Included in those hospitalizations are 13 patients in intensive-care units, up from nine.
Alberta reported 143 new cases in Wednesday’s update, bringing the total number of active cases to 1,520. The newly detected cases are from 12,317 tests completed on Tuesday, about a 1.2 per cent positive rate.
The Edmonton zone still has the highest number of active cases with 821, followed by the Calgary zone with 481.
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