View Mobile Site

Flu-like outbreak slams Bethany

Visitors asked to down gowns, masks to fight spread

Text Size: Small Large Medium
Flu-like outbreak slams Bethany

Part of the Bethany Home campus.

Photo contributed/


POSTED January 29, 2013 12:44 a.m.

Warning posters were placed on the doors of the Bethany nursing home in Ripon, where visitors are asked to don yellow gowns and face masks because some 20 percent of the residents are suffering from flu-like symptoms.

The action was taken primarily as a preventive measure to inhibit cross contamination of the patients and staff members at the facility located in the 900 block of West Main Street.

Bethany’s Executive Director Andrew Lee said that families are being asked to minimize their visits and children are not being allowed in the facility for their own well being.

Lee said that all of the patients – approximately 80 to 90 – have had their flu shots, but this appears to be a different strain than what has already plagued the entire country, he noted.

“The sick ones are being isolated in their rooms so they will not come in contact with others,” he explained.  “As soon as three people get better, you have three more catch it.”

“We are continually wiping down everything from hand rails to door knobs and we are not admitting any new people who might be susceptible,” he said. 

Lee said it all started about a week ago when the first resident showed signs of flu symptoms. 

“We’ve been lucky at the Beth Haven Assisted Care facility (to the south of the nursing home) with not one resident becoming ill to date,” he noted.

The medical director at Bethany is Dr. Daryl Dutter, M.D., with his offices just across the street from the Bethany campus.

Five other health care facilities, including St. Jude Care Center (formerly Palm Haven) on East North Street in Manteca are suspected of experiencing a outbreak of the stomach-like flu known as Norovirus. Testing, however, has yet to determine the exact virus.

Commenting is not available.

Commenting not available.

Please wait ...