Flu and respiratory infections hitting IH facilities

  Interior Health says 17 care facilities are dealing with an outbreak of the flu.

    It means social activities at the facilities are limited, visitations are restricted and enhanced cleaning practices are in place.
   Spokeswoman Pamela De Bruin says this strain of the flu virus is especially harsh on the elderly, so more outbreaks at care facilities and increased hospitalization is expected.

According to the IH website, local facilities with outbreaks include Talarico Place in Castlegar, and Poplar Ridge and Columbia View Lodge in Trail.

Respiratory infection is said to be the issue at all 3 facilities.