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Outbreak Management

Outbreaks occur when the usual incidence of disease in a hospital, long-term care or retirement home is exceeded at any given time.  Early identification of an outbreak is essential since the implementation of precautions and therapeutic interventions can prevent the spread of infection and decrease the morbidity and mortality of a very frail, compromised population. For more information, please review our Outbreak Management Quick Reference Guide.

You may also wish to view any open outbreaks in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties in our Public Health Notices section.

Additional Information for Institutional Health Care Providers:

TB Screening in Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes

The regulations in the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 and the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 set out requirements for TB screening.  Each resident admitted to the home must be screened for tuberculosis within 14 days of admission unless the resident has already been screened at some time in the 90 days prior to admission and the documented results of the screening are available to the licensee.

Please note that a TB screening test is not recommended for residents who are over 65 years of age. As people age, the test may become increasingly unreliable and difficult to interpret. In addition, if an elderly individual does convert to a positive result following a TB exposure, prophylaxis is often not possible.

Additional Information Regarding TB Screening:

Need More Information About Outbreak Management?

Call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 349.

News, Research and Reports RELATED TO: Public Health Notices

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We are working to respond to community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.

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