Health Care Facility Outbreaks

When a higher-than-average number of people who live and work in a health care facility are sick with similar symptoms. Visitors entering may be at risk of getting sick or taking the illness home to others.

Current Outbreaks

Facility / Unit Declared Outbreak(s) Type
Henley House, The
20 Ernest St., St. Catharines
Montebello Unit
905-937-9703
October 5, 2018 Unknown Respiratory Visiting recommendations
Millennium Trail Manor
6861 Oakwood Dr., Niagara Falls
Entire Facility
905-356-5005
October 1, 2018 Unknown Respiratory Visiting recommendations
Tufford Nursing Home
312 Queenston St., St. Catharines
First Floor
905-682-0503
October 9, 2018 Unknown Respiratory Visiting recommendations
United Mennonite Home
4024 23rd St., Grimsby
Entire Facility
905-562-7385
October 17, 2018 Unknown Respiratory Visiting recommendations

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Precautions Taken During an Outbreak

When a health care facility has an outbreak, the following measures are put into place to help decrease the spread of illness:

  • Keeping sick residents in their rooms
  • Keeping residents that are not sick on their own units
  • No group activities
  • Increased housekeeping on the unit or throughout the facility
  • Limiting visitors
  • Visitors to visit only their family member(s)

Visiting a Health Care Facility During an Outbreak

  • Do not visit if you are ill
  • Check in at the reception or front desk upon arrival
  • Clean your hands before entering and exiting the building and before and after visiting
  • Visit only your family member
  • Limit foods that you bring into a facility for your family members to eat, spoiled food can cause illness
  • Adhere to all infection control measures provided to you by the facility
  • Make sure your routine vaccinations are up to date
  • Everyone in the family should get their flu shot every year. If you are protected from the flu you cannot pass it on to loved ones.

Prevent the Spread of Infection

We also work collaboratively with facilities to proactively prevent outbreaks and implement infection prevention and control best practices.

Follow these steps to help stop the spread of the infection.

For more information, call Public Health at 905-688-8248 ext. 7330 or 1-888-505-6074 (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).


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