Sick at Stanford

Flu forces Parksville care facility into lockdown mode for a few days, visitors encouraged to stay away

  • Jan. 21, 2014 8:00 a.m.

CANDACE WU

news@pqbnews.com

An outbreak alert in a residential home in downtown Parksville saw five residents on quarantine and four staff members on sick leave.

Vancouver Island Health Authority declared the alert in Stanford Place Care Campus Jan. 13.

By Jan. 17 the alert was lifted.

VIHA spokesperson Sarah Plank said all five of the affected resident’s symptoms have resolved.

“Our lab results came back negative for influenza,” said Plank. “So the source of the outbreak was an influenza-like illness.”

Though she maintains outbreaks are not uncommon this time of year, Plank still advises that “people avoid visiting” when outbreak alerts are active.

She said depending on the severity, outbreak alerts tend to see sick patients isolated, social activities stalled and a more rigorous cleaning process implemented. Additionally, visitors and workers are asked to wear gowns, gloves and masks while in the facility.

“We ask that people follow appropriate infection control measures when visiting,” she said.

This year, health officials have been adamant that visitors either get a flu shot before visiting residential facilities, or wear face masks in an effort to decrease outbreaks like this one.

“Outbreaks are going on at any given time,” said Plank. “Sometimes people bring them into our facilities unknowingly before they notice symptoms, which is why we always advise proper hygiene.”

For more information on outbreaks in local residential care facilities visit http://www.viha.ca.

Just Posted

Inspirational Parksville youngster Kaiden Finley dies after cancer battle

‘He was seriously the strongest 11-year-old’

Development cost charges considered to fund regional parks

DCCs to assist in funding land acquisitions and development

Parksville powerlifter qualifies for world championships

Buhler sets personal bests in both raw and equipped lifting events

Wires left dangling after van crashes into hydro pole in Dashwood

Road closed while BC Hydro crews dealt with situation

Police go on hunt for distracted drivers in Parksville Qualicum Beach

One motorist ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt and using a cellphone while driving

VIDEO: The ‘most cosmopolitan’ of butterflies could migrate to B.C.

The painted lady butterfly will likely arrive this summer from Southern California

Indecent caller handed 18-month conditional sentence

Vancouver Island man pleaded guilty to making indecent phone and video calls to women across B.C.

First Nations public art piece stolen in Nanaimo

Spindle Whorl went missing over the weekend, according to Nanaimo RCMP

Mexican restaurant in B.C. told to take down Mexican flag

General manager of Primo’s Mexican Grill in White Rock: ‘I’ve never heard of anything like this’

Prime Minister Trudeau comes campaigning in Nanaimo

A day after announcing a May 6 byelection date for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, Justin Trudeau visits riding

COLUMN: Smart phone too powerful a tool to yank from students’ hands

Rather than ban them from schools, let’s teach kids to harness their phone’s power and use it properly

B.C. river cleanup crew finds bag of discarded sex toys

Chilliwack volunteers stumble on unexpected find while removing 600 lbs of trash from riverway

Kamloops chamber of commerce director let go after controversial Facebook posts

Facebook account had derogatory comments about Muslims, Justin Trudeau

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

Most Read