The recent Influenza outbreak at Collingwood General &Marine Hospital’s Surgical Unit is now over, but there is still a heightened level of influenza activity in the community. With this in mind, patients and visitors are still being encouraged to wear a mask for their protection and the protection of others while visiting the hospital.
In Barrie, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) is experiencing a massive influx of patients causing the facility to make use of a 10-bed temporary overflow unit in its newly opened Cardiac Intervention Unit.
The RVH medical bed occupancy rate now sits at 135 per cent.
Patient wait times are being impacted in the RVH Emergency Room. RVH officials are asking people to consider visiting a walk-in clinic or family doctor if their health issue isn’t considered to be urgent.
In mid-January, Simcoe Muskoka Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner issued a declaration of widespread influenza activity in Simcoe Muskoka. The January 11th release stated that the influenza activity was nearing or at the peak in the region. Dr. Gardner said the activity could last for two to four weeks.
While the situation has eased at Collingwood’s hospital, we are all reminded to take necessary precautions to help stop the spread of influenza, including constant handwashing.
The G&M Hospital reminds people not to visit patients if they are experiencing flu like symptons.
Again, practicing vigilant hand hygiene, handwashing upon entering and exiting the facility remains a critical component of helping to stop the spread. The public is reminded to not visit patients in the hospital if they are feeling unwell or have cold/flu like symptoms.
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