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Pesky cold bug has cleared

June 14, 2012

Simcoe, ON – The Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home (NHNH) is pleased to announce an end to the respiratory outbreak that began in the home June 1, which affected 12 residents and four staff. All precautions have been lifted, normal activities will gradually resume including the Resident Yard Sale that will take place this Saturday from 8-12 in the ground floor activity room of the nursing home.

During the outbreak, the common cold virus (rhinovirus) was determined to be the root cause of those symptoms presented in residents and staff including; runny nose, cough and sore throat.

“We have had no new symptomatic residents since June 6, which means we can safely return to normal activity and remove all additional precautions,” said Mark Jefferson, infection control director.

It is very import to note that the elderly are particularly susceptible to common bugs because of their lower immune systems. With compromised immune systems it is much more of a challenge to fight off infections. This is why it is so important that you avoid visiting a nursing home if you are not feeling well and to always practice excellent hand hygiene.

The Outbreak Team, including our partners from Public Health thanks the Nursing Home staff for their immediate action and diligent work at ending this outbreak. We would also like to commend our Housekeeping team for their extra efforts.


Mark Jefferson

Infection Control

519-426-0130 ext. 3454

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