UPDATED: Flu cases continue to rise in the district
The flu is continuing to make its way through Muskoka. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is reporting as of December 17th, there have been 116 confirmed cases of influenza. In week 51, which was December 17th to 23rd, there were 28 confirmed cases. There were also four institutional outbreaks declared in week 51, but no details about specific institutions will be released.
Traditionally, the number of flu cases spike over the holidays as people travel and visit with family and friends. Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare is keeping an eye on flu levels in the district, and screening patients at triage and patient registration at the hospital for symptoms. MAHC says if you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms, including sudden onset of fever, cough, shortness of breath or joint pain, wear a mask if visiting the hospital.
MAHC says you can help to prevent the virus from spreading by washing your hands or using a hand sanitizer, sneezing or coughing into your elbow, and avoid touching your face. CEO Natalie Bubela says the flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the virus and helps to lessen the severity if you do get the flu.