I am sorry to have to share with everyone that on September 22 we declared a Respiratory Outbreak of Parainfluenza Virus on 3C St. John’s/St. Paul’s unit as per regional infection prevention and control and our medical director. As of today, we have four residents exhibiting respiratory symptoms on the unit. With this new outbreak, we will be instituting our outbreak measures on 3C St. John’s/St. Paul’s unit:
- Residents are not to leave the unit for off unit activities.
- All large group activities on the unit are on hold and we will have small group activities physically distanced with residents who are well
- Physical distancing during meal times as able
- Active Case finding and isolation of residence who are symptomatic
- Families are to visit with residents on the unit in resident rooms only
- Staff and visitors are to wear masks while on the unit
- Increased high touch surface cleaning
- Increased hand washing
- Two designated care givers only at one time to visit residents on the unit
- No general visitors are to visit on outbreak units
The remainder of our resident care units remain outbreak free, but as we head into another cold/flu season, I wanted to remind everyone to monitor yourselves for respiratory symptoms. If you are exhibiting any respiratory symptoms, please stay home until your symptoms resolve. Remember the best way to prevent the spread of viruses is good handwashing, cover your mouth/nose when you cough or sneeze, wear a mask and get vaccinated.
Thank you for helping our residents stay healthy during this flu season.
Stacey Morgan RNBN
Director of Care