UPDATE: Tuesday December 2, 2018 – The outbreak at the Arborfield & District Healthcare Facility has been declared over by the Medical Health Officer and the visitor restrictions have been lifted. Visitors are asked to refrain from visiting the facility if they are feeling ill.
Saskatchewan Health Authority News Release – December 21, 2017
An Influenza outbreak has been declared among long term care residents at Arborfield Special Care Lodge. Symptoms associated with respiratory illness were first reported on December 16th. Three residents are currently on respiratory precautions. Swabs taken from two residents have tested positive for Influenza A. An outbreak is declared when a minimum of three residents, patients, clients or staff display symptoms of respiratory illness in a twenty-four hour period.
Visitors of long term care residents in Arborfield Special Care Lodge are being restricted as the result of the outbreak. Precautions have been put in place to help contain and minimize the spread of the virus. “Though there have not been many influenza cases in the region, other viruses are also circulating in communities. People may carry the virus without being symptomatic and can transfer it to others,” said Dr. Mohammad Khan, Medical Health Officer, Saskatchewan Health Authority, “Proper hand washing with warm water and soap for at least 24-30 seconds is one of the most effective means of preventing the spread of communicable diseases.”
Visitors to Arborfield Special Care Lodge are being restricted until further notice, with the exception of those visiting residents that are extremely ill. Individuals should check with the facility if they have any questions or concerns.