“Respiratory outbreak” declared at hospital’s long-term care wing


The Deep River and District Hospital has announced that a “respiratory outbreak” has been declared at its long-term care facility, the Four Seasons Lodge.

The hospital said the outbreak was declared by public health officials earlier this morning, October 21.

“Even though only a small number of residents are experiencing mild respiratory symptoms, outbreak precautions have been put into effect to prevent further spread of the illness,” the hospital said.

“At this time, the cause of the outbreak is not suspected to be COVID-19 or influenza, and testing has been done to rule out both.”

“In order to protect our residents and staff, all visitation has been suspended,” the hospital added.

“However, window and virtual visits continue to be encouraged, and can be coordinated directly by calling the Four Seasons Lodge at 613-584-3333 ext. 7305.”

The home is taking extra precautions including enhanced cleaning, monitoring, and is providing “additional support in order to ensure our residents remain safe and healthy.”

“The Four Seasons Lodge will continue outbreak precautions to limit spread of the illness and will work with public health daily until the outbreak is declared over,” the hospital said.

“Thank you to everyone for your co-operation in helping to keep our residents and staff free from illness.”

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