Under the authority of Medical Health Officer Dr. David Torr, The Meadows long-term care facility in Swift Current has been placed under outbreak status. The outbreak declaration is due to several residents and staff experiencing signs and symptoms of an unconfirmed illness.
The symptoms being experienced include small, bright red cherry coloured rashes ranging from pinpoint to one centimeter in size that begin to fade after 24 hours. The illness is highly contagious but appears to be non-invasive and mild in nature. There is no itching, feeling unwell or other symptoms associated with those experiencing signs and symptoms. Samples have been sent to the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory to determine the illness type.
Visitation to the entire facility is being restricted at this time. The only exceptions to these restrictions will be in the event of an end-of-life situation, where the facility may be contacted to discuss options available for family members to visit their loved one.
Public Health and Infection Control teams are actively involved in the outbreak and have implemented heightened infection control practices to reduce further spreading of the illness.
The public is being asked to also practice enhanced infection control measures, including frequent and proper hand-washing, use of hand sanitizer when hand wash is not immediately available, cleansing of commonly touched surfaces, and if having respiratory symptoms, coughing or sneezing in your sleeve or a disposable tissue.