January 16, 2020
outbreak which was announced on January 9, 2020 at the Huron Perth Healthcare
Alliance (HPHA) – Seaforth Community Hospital site continues.
The outbreak has
affected the Inpatient Unit and the unit is closed to admissions.
confirmation that we are dealing with a Norovirus outbreak,” says Larry
Morrell, Infection Control Practitioner.
“Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that can cause diarrhea,
vomiting and abdominal discomfort. Norovirus is sometimes referred to as the
“stomach flu” but is not related to the influenza virus.”
still welcome and are asked to follow any posted instructions and to limit
their interaction to one patient per visit.
Visitors should use the hand sanitizer provided to wash their hands when
they enter and leave the hospital and upon entering and leaving the patient’s
also reminded that if they aren’t feeling well, they should postpone their
visit for at least 48 hours after symptoms clear.
you are sick we are urging you to reconsider visiting any patients in any areas
of our hospitals at this time, unless it is for compassionate or palliative
reasons,” adds Morrell. “Staying home
will help stop the spread of the virus to people who may be more susceptible to
is currently active in the community.
Here are some tips to minimize your risk of becoming infected with the virus.
your hands thoroughly and often, especially after using the bathroom, changing
diapers and before eating or preparing food.
clean contaminated surfaces, and disinfect using chlorine bleach, especially
after an episode of illness.
an episode of illness, immediately remove and wash clothing or linens that may
be contaminated with the virus (use hot water and soap).
you do become infected, avoid contact with others until you are well again, and
avoid preparing food while you have symptoms and for the first three days after
you do get norovirus, drink plenty of fluids.
continue to update the public, as our information changes or more becomes