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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 gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

Please continue to our website for more information about our programs and services.