GRH News Release

Grand River Hospital Declares Small Influenza Outbreak on Union Terrace Two at Freeport Site 

December 31 2014

Grand River Hospital has followed infection control practices in declaring a small outbreak of influenza A at the Freeport Site’s Union Terrace Two unit earlier today. The decision was made in conjunction with Region of Waterloo Public Health after positive lab tests were returned. 

The two affected patients are stable, isolated from others and receiving treatment. No other patients have experienced symptoms. Union Terrace Two supports patients receiving rehabilitation as they recover from illness or injuries. 

The outbreak status will be reconsidered early next week if no additional patients show flu-like symptoms. 
Influenza and other respiratory illnesses such as colds are common at this time of year. With respect to visiting a hospital: 
  • People thinking about visiting who have symptoms of a cold, influenza, or a stomach virus or are generally not feeling well should stay home until they’ve been symptom free for two days. Key symptoms to watch for include: fever, a new/worse cough, sore throat, headaches, chills, muscle aches and fatigue; and 
  • Anyone visiting a hospital should wash and sanitize their hands regularly before, during and after a visit. 
These precautions will help reduce the chance of passing an infection to patients.

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For more information, please contact: 
Mark Karjaluoto, Director of Communications 
Office: (519) 749-4300 extension 2788 
Pager: (519) 244-3088 
mark.karjaluoto@grhosp.on.ca