Campbellford Memorial Hospital influenza outbreak ends

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A facility-wide influenza A outbreak has been declared over at Campbellford Memorial Hospital – Mar 22, 2018

Health officials have ended the facility-wide influenza A outbreak at Campbellford Memorial Hospital.

The announcement was made on Wednesday. The outbreak was first declared on Saturday on the medical-surgical unit and was extended to the entire hospital on Tuesday with 10 confirmed in-patient cases and four staff members which included symptoms of fever, sore throat, cough, body aches and congestion.

Staff took the rare decision to announce a facility-wide outbreak and close the emergency department.

“We’ve had influenza in the hospital before but never when we had a situation where we had to close the emergency department for everybody other than critical cases,” said hospital CEO Varouj Eskedjian.

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Effective immediately the emergency department will be open for normal service levels, the hospital stated.

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Staff and visitors to the hospital are expected to remain diligent in practising infection prevention and control practices including hand hygiene, cough etiquette.

“CMH would like to thank everyone for their patience, cooperation and diligence in helping us return to normal operation,” the hospital stated.

Eskedjian expressed his appreciation to all hospital staff and area health system partners for their support throughout the duration of the outbreak.

“We really have to commend that for a small facility how well the staff and management within the facility was able to manage the outbreak,” he said. “With all our partners we were able to coordinate well and manage the outbreak.”

The hospital has 34 beds and serves more than 30,000 people every year. The emergency department sees around 20,000 visits annually.

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