CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- At least six local nursing homes are dealing with a Norovirus outbreak. It's making a lot of people sick, which has facilities taking action to keep the virus from spreading more.
There's nothing good about it because it makes you feel awful for one to three days, said Dr. Stephen Keener, medical director at the Mecklenburg County Health Department.
Health officials say the Norovirus is quick acting, causing an outbreak in Mecklenburg County with severe symptoms hitting those who get it.
It has very acute severe symptoms of nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, said Dr. Keener.
The Laurels at Highland Creek is one of six assisted living facilities that reported an outbreak. Delisha Guerrier is a nurse who comes to give medical care and says they are taking serious action.
Last week was when it was really serious, they weren't really letting anybody in, they almost didn't let me in to do the care but they had to because of doctors orders, said Guerrier.
Also, no group activities, and residents are getting meals in their rooms to keep them isolated and to keep the virus from spreading.
My patients don't like it. They don't like being stuck in their rooms, said Guerrier.
But Dr. Stephen Keener with the Health Department says these actions are necessary along with proper hygiene.
Really, really strict hand washing protocol, and hand washing. Not the use of hand sanitizers because hand sanitizers are not always affective in killing the virus whereas physical removal with soap and warm water gets rid of the virus, said Dr Keener.
Guerrier says she's been taking all precautions, like hand washing, to make sure she doesn't catch it.
It's easy to be spread and they don't want it to be spread anymore than what it has been so it's got to be pretty significant if they're making people stay in their rooms, said Guerrier.
Health officials say the Norovirus is not deadly like influenza and it hasn't hit schools or daycares, just facilities where adults live together.