High Risk Influenza Status Declared
Influenza is once again circulating through the community and the North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) has been seeing escalating levels of flu activity through the facility. This includes higher volumes of patients presenting with respiratory illnesses.
“Seasonal influenza, also known as “the flu,” is a common respiratory illness caused by the influenza A and B virus. It spreads very easily from person-to-person and can cause serious illness and complications,” says Mark Daniw, Manager of Infection Prevention & Control, NBRHC. “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.” This status was declared on January 13.
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.
Community members 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 visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/flu-facts
The NBRHC wants to help ensure our community and patients are protected, and that individuals seek medical attention if required. 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.”
Assistant, Communications Department
North Bay Regional Health Centre
705-474-8600 x 3131