Gardens at Calvary limiting visits due to several illnesses

A sign posted outside the Gardens at Calvary facility
A sign posted outside the Gardens at Calvary facility

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The local Department of Public Health (DPH) is working with the Gardens at Calvary in controlling a gastrointestinal illness.

The facility is taking the measures necessary to contain and control the illness.  One of the measures being taken is implementing a voluntary limit on the number of visitors entering the facility.

DPH says it has obtained specimens from those who are ill and are sending them to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory for testing.

Officials believe some of the potential causes of the illness are: virus, bacteria, or toxins -- the cause though is yet to be determined. 

Pam Fair, from the Columbus Department of Public Health, said about 19 residents have been moved from the long-term care facility in an attempt to control the spread of the illness. 

About 6 of those are being treated by a care-staff at St. Francis who has been using masks and gloves -- a policy recommended by the Centers for Disease Control because of the reported cluster of gastrointestinal illness.

The Gardens at Calvary is located off Moon Road in Columbus, GA.

Currently, the case is under investigation.  At this time, there is no evidence or clinical indication that it is related to H1N1.