St. Joseph’s General Hospital (SJGHEL) in Elliot Lake has announced that St. Joseph's Manor long term care facility has received the all-clear after an Acute Respiratory Illness outbreak. The hospital says all restrictions at St. Joseph's Manor have now been removed.
The outbreak led to a visitor's ban at the facility, imposed by Algoma Public Health, on Feb. 1, 2020. It included all visitors except direct family members of palliative patients
At the same time, officials ask visitors, family and friends of manor residents to continue to avoid coming to visit if they have been experiencing any illness.
SJGHEL Chief Nursing Executive Connie Free said, "There are several actions you can take to protect yourself and others from contracting illness."
They include washing hands often with soap and water or use of an alcohol-based sanitizer. If you are not feeling well, the advice is to stay at home and rest.
If you are sick, do not visit loved ones in the hospital or long-term care facilities. With weakened immune systems, the elderly and those in hospital are at increased risk.
For more information on Acute Respiratory Illness, please contact Algoma Public Health at (705) 356-2551 or contact your health care provider.