Interior Health dealing with gastrointestinal illness outbreaks across southern B.C.

IH urging anyone not feeling well to avoid visiting long-term care facilities

Interior Health is urging anyone who is sick or not feeling well to stay away from long-term care facilities until they feel better.

While similar calls are made annually at this time of year, the current advisory has taken on more urgency given that an number of outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness (GI) have recently spread through Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops and other care facilities in that city.

According to IH, 31 patients and 26 staff have reported symptoms since Jan. 23.

While seven of the 10 current IH southern Interior locations where outbreaks have been declared are in Kamloops—five at RIH, two at long-term care facilities in that city and one at the Hillside Psychiatric Centre—outbreaks have also been declared at long-term care facilities in Kelowna, Vernon, Castlegar and Osoyoos.

The Kelowna outbreak was declared Jan 21 at Mission Creek Landing, formerly known as Sutherland Hills.

A full list of locations where outbreaks have been declared is available here.

All the outbreaks, with the exception of the one in Castlegar, are for gastrointestinal illness. The Castlegar outbreak is for respiratory illness.

IH officials say anyone not feeling well should should stay home as the spread of germs could be very dangerous for someone with a compromised immune system. Such illnesses, while uncomfortable for healthy individuals, are not generally considered dangerous.

The health authority is also reminding the public to regularly wash hands to help stop the spread of germs.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon rink into win column at BC Senior Curling finals

Vernon Curling Club hosting the province’s top senior curlers; finals set for Sunday at 10 a.m.

Vernon bowlers dominate zones at home

Five teams from Lincoln Lanes advance to provincial YBC finals in Vernon/Kelowna

Vernon sewing instructor teaches flawless fitting

Clothes for real curves made possible with Dawne Whelpley’s workshops

Vernon-area duo still awaiting trial for animal abuse

Trial date expected to be set within the next three weeks

Vernon woman named one of B.C.’s Top 40 business leaders

Amanda Shatzko, consultant and politician, picked up Business in Vancouver Top 40 selection

Okanagan divers ready to take on 2020 B.C. Winter Games

The athletes have been training four days a week

Galchenyuk nets shootout winner as Wild edge Canucks 4-3

Vancouver tied with Calgary for second spot in NHL’s Pacific Division

B.C.’s soda drink tax will help kids lose weight, improve health, says doctor

Dr. Tom Warshawski says studies show sugary drinks contribute to obesity

A&W employees in Ladysmith get all-inclusive vacation for 10 years of service

Kelly Frenchy, Katherine Aleck, and Muriel Jack are headed on all-expenses-paid vacations

B.C. mom’s complaint about ‘R word’ in children’s ministry email sparks review

In 2020, the ‘R’ word shouldn’t be used, Sue Robins says

B.C., federal ministers plead for meeting Wet’suwet’en dissidents

Scott Fraser, Carolyn Bennett says they can be in Smithers Thursday

EDITORIAL: Revisiting cannabis regulations

Recent retail license application has brought up concerns about present policy in Summerland

Guidelines regulate Summerland cannabis stores

The municipality’s policy, 300.6 establishes the 50-metre buffer zone around schools and parks

Largest aircraft to operate at YLW begins service to Toronto this summer

The Boeing 767-300ER will increase seat availability for flights to Toronto by 40 per cent

Most Read