Henry Co. Nursing Home Opens after Stomach Virus Outbreak

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

A warning sign still hangs on the front door of the Henry County nursing home.

"About a week and a half ago we noticed that some of our residents were showing some signs and symptoms of the stomach virus, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea," said Henry Co. Nursing Home's Director of Nursing, Debbie Favel.

"Less than 30 that we know of, it was a combination of employees and patients," said Corey Kirkland with the Houston Co. Health Dept.

So to prevent the virus from spreading officials stopped visitation for a few days.

"We asked our families not to visit at that time because there's been so much of this virus in our community and our residents are frail and have many illnesses, so we didn't want to put them at risk," said Favel.

Nursing home officials say it is safe for visitors to re-enter now but they still, are taking precautions.

"We're asking people if you have signs and symptoms whether it's upper respiratory, congestion, cough, fever or any stomach symptoms not to visit," said Favel.

County health officials say the extra step of precaution is a good way to keep this common yet contagious virus at bay.
There are ways you can protect yourself and your family.

"Hand-washing would be the number one thing, you could also sanitize surfaces, don't let them eat and drink after siblings, don't you eat and drink after them," said Kirkland.

Health officials say they haven't had any more reports of sick people within the last 48 hours, so they're hoping that the virus has run its course.

According to the health department no other counties have reported stomach virus issues as of yet.

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