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March 26,2012

Outbreak Update: Visitor Restrictions Remain on 4B/3B Unit and NHNH Return to Normal Activity


Simcoe, ON – Norfolk General Hospital is gradually returning to normal status following the most recent gastric outbreaks. “We can now announce an end to the outbreaks on the 3B unit and The Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home. All precautions have been lifted from these areas,” said Mark Jefferson, infection control director. Outbreak precautions still remain in effect to the 4B unit of the hospital with some slight amendments to visiting restrictions.


The new controlled visitor restrictions to the 4B unit include the following:

(Before visiting it is always recommended to contact the unit in advance 519-426-0130 ext.4221)


  • One visitor at a time for patients who have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours.
  • Only visitors who have not been ill for at least 48 hours will be allowed to visit.
  • Visitation will occur between the hours of 2-4 PM.
  • Visitors will be required to sign in and out of the unit and will be required to adhere to all outbreak control measures, including cleaning their hands when entering and leaving the unit.
  • Visitors will be required to answer three screening questions prior to entering the unit


As always, our goal at Norfolk General Hospital is to take the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of all patients. These modified outbreak control measures will be implemented as a trial. As long as we continue to see no further spread of the illness, we will maintain controlled visiting. However, if we do see further spread of the illness, we will reevaluate the control measures and make immediate necessary changes.


For more information please contact:


Mark Jefferson

Infection Control Director, NGH

519-426-0130. Ext. 3454

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