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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.

For information on COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Resources for Health Care Providers page.

You may also wish to view any open outbreaks in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties on our Facility Outbreaks page.

Additional Information for Institutional Health Care Providers:

TB Screening in Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes

Each resident admitted to a long-term care or retirement home must undergo a medical history and physical exam by a physician or nurse practitioner within 90 days prior to admission or 14 days after admission. This assessment should include a symptom review for respiratory TB.

If symptoms suggest possible active TB disease, the resident should not be admitted and should complete:

  • A posteroanterior and lateral chest X-ray.
  • Three sputum samples taken at least one hour apart submitted to the Public Health Laboratory for testing (Acid Fast Bacilli and Culture). Note: It can take up to 8 weeks for a culture report.

Detailed recommendations, including requirements for staff screening can be found in our Recommendations for Tuberculosis (TB) Screening in Long Term Care and Retirement Homes resource.

Additional Information Regarding TB Screening:

Need More Information About Outbreak Management?

Call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 349.

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All individuals ≥ 5 yrs of age are eligible to receive a COVID-19 bivalent booster dose 6 months after previous COVID-19 vaccine.

Appointments can be booked through the provincial vaccine booking site, or by calling 1-833-943-3900 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.  


For the most up to date information on current provincial guidelines and advice in case of exposure, visit

The Ministry of Health has launched a toll-free line as an additional resource to help answer questions from the public regarding evolving COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance. The line can be reached at 1-888-777-0730, and is available from 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week. Beginning April 3, hours for this line will change to Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.