GRH News Release

Grand River Hospital Declares Influenza A Outbreaks Over at Freeport Site

January 12, 2015

Grand River Hospital has worked with Waterloo Region Public Health to declare an end to the influenza A outbreaks at the Freeport Site.

Two separate outbreaks had been called: one on December 31st on Union Terrace level two, and another on Union Terrace level four. All the patients who had the flu on those two rehabilitation levels have since recovered.

People considering a visit to Grand River Hospital are advised to carefully consider their health and that of others before visiting. 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, a stomach virus or are generally not feeling well should stay home and not enter a hospital 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.


For more information, please contact: 
Mark Karjaluoto, Director of Communications 
Office: (519) 749-4300 extension 2788 
Pager: (519) 244-3088