Northwestern Health Unit

Site: Dryden Office

Service: Infection Control

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Description & Services
Public Comments
  • Health Hazard is a 24-hour line to report health hazards 
  • Public Health Inspectors located at offices in Dryden, Fort Frances and Kenora
Description (Service) Infection Control in Institutions 
  • Inspects of group housing facilities to ensure infection control programs are in place including day care centres, homes for the aged, hospitals and nursing homes 
  • Annually inspects boarding houses, migrant housing and residential facilities for the aged and those requiring special care 
  • Provides input for infection control committees and programs within institutions 
  • Reports on and advises about management of communicable disease outbreaks from hospitals and outpatient clinics 
  • Ensures infection control policies are practised in places where a risk of blood exists including body-piercing and tattoo parlours, hairdresser and barber shops, electrolysis and aesthetic clinics
Partners with: 
  • Infection Control Committees 
  • Northwestern Ontario Regional Infection Control Committee (RICC) 
  • Northwestern Ontario Regional Infection Control Network (RICN) 
  • Ontario Core Competencies Working Group: Infection Prevention and Control 
  • Ontario Pandemic Flu Planning Committee
Lyme Disease 
  • Provides a lyme disease surveillance program to detect incidence of disease 
  • Assesses and tests ticks found on humans to determine risk exposure
Rabies Control 
  • Investigates every animal bite with human exposure within 18 hours 
  • Ensures suspect animals are confined 
  • Releases the post exposure prophylaxis vaccine to health provider for administration to individuals exposed to a suspected rabid animal
West Nile Virus 
  • Provides information and education to increase public awareness 
  • Focuses on protective measures for individuals to limit risk factors 
  • Provides mosquito and human surveillance
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Kenora District ; Rainy River District
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Rabies Control 
  • Requires completed application, available at office or online 
  • Can be dropped off or faxed to Public Health Inspector
Languages English
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-223-3301
Toll Free Phone 1-888-404-4231
After Hours Phone Emergency 1-866-475-6505
Crisis Phone Health Hazard: 1-807-468-7109
Fax 807-223-5754
Primary Contact Program Assistant
Alternate Contact Infectious Diseases Manager; Phone: 807-223-3301 ext 3520
Located In Community Dryden
Address 75 D Van Horne Ave
Dryden, ON P8N 2B2
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Intersection Van Horne Ave and Albert St
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC)