Respiratory outbreaks at two Grey-Bruce care facilities have been declared over, while three others remain in effect.
Outbreaks at Hannah Walker Place retirement home in Owen Sound and Grey Gables long-term care home in Markdale have both been declared over by the Grey Bruce Health Unit.
Outbreaks at Lee Manor long-term care home and Kelso Villa retirement home in Owen Sound, and at Gateway Haven long-term care home in Wiarton remain in effect.
Grey County has discouraged visitors to Lee Manor during the outbreak, while on its website, Bruce County asked for visitors to take precautions during the event at Gateway Haven, including only visiting one resident, wash their hands before entering and exiting the building, the resident home area and the resident’s room and to wear protective equipment provided when visiting a resident in isolation.
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s case definition of a respiratory outbreak is two cases of acute respiratory infections (ARI) within 48 hours in a specific unit or floor, with at least one being laboratory confirmed, or three cases of ARI (laboratory confirmation not necessary) within 48 hours in a specific unit or floor.
The outbreaks come as the health unit reported an increase in lab-confirmed influenza A cases in the region.
The health unit advises that people stay home when sick, practice proper hygiene like regular hand washing and to get a flu shot.