Visitor restrictions pop up sporadically due to outbreaks at health facilities -- occasional reminders to employ common sense, Dr. Khami Chokani said.
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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, theyâre simply an affirmation of what people should already know and abide by, Chokani summarized.
âI suppose the biggest guide in this is that wonderful thing everybody knows and talks about called âcommon sense,ââ he said.
âIf youâve got the runs, youâve got diarrhea -- itâs really coming out -- donât go visit your buddy in the hospital! Donât go visit your grandma in the long-term care facility, because youâre putting not only them at risk, youâre putting yourself at risk.
âIf youâre not feeling well, stay home, please.â
A long-term care facility is a personâs house, he noted -- something that is sometimes forgotten.
âIf youâre feeling sick, do you visit your buddy at his house?â
The health region is still trying to pinpoint whatâs 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.
âThere are a myriad of things that can present with the same signs and symptoms,â 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.
âWe have to balance that against containing a potentially very harmful contagious disease,â he said.
As always, regardless of where one is, employ basic hand washing skills, he encourages.
âPlease, please, please, wash your hands,â he said. âBefore you eat, wash your hands. If youâve been out and youâve been outside, wash your hands.â
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.