Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Issues Update on Influenza/Respiratory Outbreak Measures

Chatham-Kent: January 10, 2018 -- Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA), in consultation with the Public Health Unit of Chatham-Kent Health, has lifted the influenza A outbreak restrictions for patients on the Complex Continuing Care Unit (4th floor) as of today. 

At CKHA’s Chatham Campus, restrictions continue to be in place for Medicine Unit B for influenza A outbreak and Stroke/Rehab unit for respiratory outbreak – which were declared over the last week.  

To assist in preventing further transmission, the hospital is asking anyone who is not feeling well, particularly with influenza-like symptoms to not visit patients at the hospital at this time.  In addition, anyone visiting patients who may have influenza or respiratory illness will be required to wear a hospital-provided mask, eye protection, gown, and gloves. Further, no children under 12 can visit the compromised units for their own safety and that of patients and staff.    

Visitors are asked when entering and exiting the hospital to use the main entrance only.  The Emergency Department entrance is designated only for those seeking emergency services. Visitors will be asked to wash their hands upon entrance and exit at each of the patient/visitor entrances.  All Hospital services are offered as usual in other areas of the hospital.  CKHA’s Emergency Departments will continue to screen patients for influenza-like symptoms upon arrival.   Out-Patient Clinics and elective services also remain functional.

For those who develop influenza-like symptoms, they are infectious 1-3 days before symptoms start, and remain infectious until 5 days after the onset of symptoms. 

This situation will be reassessed daily and a decision whether to lift restrictions on the Medicine B unit and Stroke/Rehab unit will be made, at which time further communications will be issued.  


For more information please contact:
Fannie Vavoulis
Director, Chief Communications and Community Engagement
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
Work (519) 352-6400   ext. 6143
fvavoulis [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca

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