GI Outbreak Shows Positive Identification for Norovirus

A Gastrointestinal Virus is circulating in our community and through positive identification of samplings, the circulating pathogen is believed to be Norovirus. The signs and symptoms of Norovirus are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or stomach pain.

If you suspect you have Norovirus, you are required to stay home 48-72 hours after the last symptom. This virus is highly contagious and can be contracted again after three weeks of having it (once you have it, you can get it again). Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated. 

Preventative measures include:

  • Hand Hygiene - Wash with soap and water. Hand sanitizer does not destroy the Norovirus!
  • Disinfect - Only chlorine bleach based products will kill the Norovirus.
  • Launder - Contaminated bedding and laundry should be washed with hot water, detergent, and bleach. Protect yourself by wearing gloves when handling soiled items.
  • Food Prep - Do not prepare food for 72 hours after your last symptom.
  • Stay Home - Do not return to work, school, or childcare for at least 48 hours after symptoms resolve. 

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have mandated no visitation of patients or residents at Glendive Medical Center Extended Care, Acute Care, The Heritage, Transitional Care, and Eastern Montana Veteran's Home in an effort to protect our patients and prevent the spread of this very contagious virus. Visitation is only allowed for essential purposes only. Children 12 and under are not allowed to visit these areas. Gabert Clinic, Urgent Care, and the Emergency Room are open.