Escalating levels of flu activity at the North Bay Regional Health Centre has prompted a "High-Risk influenza status" warning from the hospital.
“Seasonal influenza, also known as the flu, is a common respiratory illness caused by the influenza A and B virus,".says Mark Daniw, Manager of Infection Prevention & Control, "It spreads very easily from person-to-person and can cause serious illness and complications.
"A ‘High Risk Influenza Status’ is declared when its determined flu activity is high and our patients are at a greater risk of acquiring the illness.”
Along with reinforcement of hospital infection control practices such as strict isolation of ill patients, enhanced cleaning and disinfection, and adherence to good hand hygiene practices, this heightened awareness to staff and the community is intended to collectively prevent the spread of illness in the hospital and to patients.
You can play an active role in preventing the spread of influenza by:
- getting the flu shot
- cleaning hands often
- staying home when experiencing any signs of flu-like symptoms
For more information on how to protect yourself from the flu click here.
As the Emergency Department is currently seeing a surge, please familiarize yourself with the healthcare options available for non-urgent care such as Telehealth Ontario or walk-in clinic availability.
“We appreciate the cooperation and patience from the community,” says Daniw. “We ask visitors to follow any instructions posted throughout the Health Centre and to consider postponing their visit with patients if they are feeling unwell themselves.”