The outbreak has been called as three or more patients on the medical/surgical unit have experienced gastro-like (nausea, vomiting) symptoms. In response to the outbreak, we are working closely with the Timiskaming Health Unit.
Visitor restrictions have been implemented until further notice.
Temiskaming Hospital is asking for the public’s cooperation with the following to help minimize the risk of transmission to and from patients, visitors and staff:
- All in-patient areas of the hospital are closed to visitors until further notice. Exceptions are made on compassionate grounds for direct family members of palliative and pediatric patients, as well as the Obstetrics Department.
- Individuals with cold, flu or gastro-like symptoms (cough, fever, chills, fatigue, headaches, sneezing, runny nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea) or have been in contact with someone who has, are not to visit any patients at the Hospital.
- Do not bring children, elderly or health compromised family members to visit at the Hospital.
- Handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. Hand hygiene is strongly encouraged both before and after a visit to the Hospital.
The hospital is taking vigorous steps to contain the outbreak. Increased cleaning resources have been put in place, signage, as well as reinforced hand hygiene practices, and isolation of infected patients.
Temiskaming Hospital will continue to update the public on the outbreak.