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Flu Restrictions at Trinity Homes

Date:  January 7th, 2015

Contact/Phone:  Mary Muhlbradt
(701)857-5116, Fax: (701)857-5683

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(MINOT, ND)-In response to the increase in flu activity in the region, Trinity Homes has implemented visitation restrictions effective immediately. The restrictions include:
  •All visits to residents of the long-term care facility are suspended unless absolutely necessary.
  •Children will not be permitted to visit during these restrictions.

Brenda Lokken, Director of Infection Control, says Trinity Homes is experiencing an outbreak of influenza as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for long-term care facilities. According to the CDC, an outbreak is at least two confirmed cases of influenza, plus other residents with symptoms.

"We ask that the public avoid visiting residents as it is a medically fragile, vulnerable population here," Lokken said. "In addition, group activities within as well as the outside groups coming into the facility are suspended. We're having residents stay in their rooms for the most part, and our staff is taking what is called droplet precautions - wearing a mask - when caring for those residents with symptoms."

Lokken says the restrictive measures are designed to help control and prevent transmission of the illness. She says other measures people can take include:
  •Get a flu shot.
  •Wash hands frequently.
  •Avoid touching your face and rubbing your eyes.
  •Cover coughs and sneezes.
  •Stay away from the ill, and stay home when you are ill.

"We continue to encourage vaccination amongst our staff, residents and community even though the vaccines may not be 100% effective," Lokken added. SPACE index.php