UPDATE: Influenza A outbreak at Georgian Bay General Hospital declared over

Two hospital-acquired cases had been confirmed

May 23

An outbreak of influenza A on the 1 North Complex Continuing Care, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care Unit at Georgian Bay General Hospital has been declared over, in consultation with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

May 18

Two lab-confirmed, hospital-acquired cases of Influenza A at Georgian Bay General Hospital.

The hospital declared the outbreak at it’s North Complex Continuing Care, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care Unit in consultation with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

“The safety of our patients and staff is always a top priority, but our efforts are even more heightened during a time of outbreak. Our outbreak management team is meeting on a daily basis in collaboration with public health to closely monitor the outbreak and ensure high quality, safe patient care is maintained.”

Dawn Major, Chief Performance Officer, Georgian Bay General Hospital

To reduce the spread of infection, the hospital has implemented enhanced infection prevention and control measures including increased housekeeping, use of personal protective equipment, and meticulous hand hygiene practices.

Visitors and Families coming to North 1

  • One adult visitor per patient (with the exception of palliative patients)
  • Consult with nursing staff prior to entering a patient room
  • Visiting only one patient (not moving from room to room or unit to unit)
  • Wear a mask and/or eye protection
  • Adhere to thorough hand hygiene practices
  • Visitors experiencing flu-like symptoms (coughing, fever, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, headaches or sneezing) are asked to avoid visiting

“The general requirement for an outbreak to be declared over is that there are no new cases for a minimum of eight days. We will provide further updates as new information is available and/or there are changes to the hospital’s outbreak status.”

Janine Duquette, Infection prevention/control practitioner, Georgian Bay General Hospital