Visitor restrictions all about common sense

Tyler Clarke
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Visitor restrictions pop up sporadically due to outbreaks at health facilities -- occasional reminders to employ common sense, Dr. Khami Chokani said.


Visitor restrictions

Visitor restrictions such as the one currently in place at the Jubilee Lodge long-term care facility in Kinistino are put into place once a 10 per cent threshold is broken.

Once more than 10 per cent of people exhibit similar symptoms, visitor restrictions are put into place.

In the case of Jubilee Lodge, eight residents and five staff members became ill with respiratory symptoms.

Although visitor restrictions are currently in place, they’re simply an affirmation of what people should already know and abide by, Chokani summarized.

“I suppose the biggest guide in this is that wonderful thing everybody knows and talks about called ‘common sense,’” he said.

“If you’ve got the runs, you’ve got diarrhea -- it’s really coming out -- don’t go visit your buddy in the hospital! Don’t go visit your grandma in the long-term care facility, because you’re putting not only them at risk, you’re putting yourself at risk.

“If you’re not feeling well, stay home, please.”

A long-term care facility is a person’s house, he noted -- something that is sometimes forgotten.

“If you’re feeling sick, do you visit your buddy at his house?”

The health region is still trying to pinpoint what’s caused the respiratory outbreak at Jubilee Lodge, with visitor restrictions remaining in place until further notice.

Laboratory testing is currently being done to determine the organism involved in the outbreak.

“There are a myriad of things that can present with the same signs and symptoms,” Chokani said.

The health region never wants to put in visitor restrictions, he said, noting that without visitors, people who are already feeling sick might feel even worse.

“We have to balance that against containing a potentially very harmful contagious disease,” he said.

As always, regardless of where one is, employ basic hand washing skills, he encourages.

“Please, please, please, wash your hands,” he said. “Before you eat, wash your hands. If you’ve been out and you’ve been outside, wash your hands.”

Chokani said that a proper hand washing technique should take the same amount of time it takes one to say all 26 letters of the alphabet.

Geographic location: Kinistino

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