November 28, 2017
Visitor restrictions in place at Pineview Lodge in Nipawin have officially been lifted by the Kelsey Trail Health Region Medical Health Officer Dr. Mohammad Khan.
Kelsey Trail Health Region has issued a notice that, effective Friday, November 17, 2017, a visitor restriction has been put in place at Pineview Lodge in Nipawin as the result of a gastrointestinal outbreak namong several residents and staff.Eight residents and two staff were reporting symptoms associated with gastrointestinal illness including vomiting, loose stool, nausea, abdominal cramps, fatigue and chills. Symptoms were first reported on Thursday, November 16th. Stool samples have been submitted for laboratory analysis.
An outbreak is declared when a minimum of three residents, patients, clients or staff display symptoms of illness in a twenty-four hour period.
Visitors to Pineview Lodge were restricted effective late afternoon Friday, November 17th as the result of the outbreak. Precautions have been put in place to help contain and minimize the spread of the illness.
“People may carry gastrointestinal viruses without being symptomatic and can transfer it to others,” said Dr. Mohammad Khan, Medical Health Officer for the Kelsey Trail Health Region, “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 Pineview Lodge in Nipawin 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.