Flu Outbreak Causes Visitor Restrictions at Local Hospital


Danville - A flu outbreak in the Danville area has cause Presence United Samaritans Medical Center to issue temporary visitor restrictions for Friday, March 18th. 

Flu restrictions include: Visitors under 18-years-old are not allowed to visit any unit. A maximum of two individuals, 18 years of age and older, are able to visit at any one time. Visitors with symptoms of upper respiratory infection should refrain from visiting. If visits must occur for a patient's well-being, visitors with symptoms will be required to wear a mask.Patients who are in isolation for flu treatment will be limited to receiving only those visitors who are essential for their emotional well-being and care.

"Over the past few weeks we have seen significant increases in influenza-like-illness in our Emergency Department and in patients hospitalized with influenza" said Jason M. Reynolds, BSN, RN, Infection Prevention at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center.  "For the well-being of our patients, visitors and staff it is important to initiate these restrictions and policies."

According to Reynolds, in addition to getting a flu shot, you can also protect yourself against the flu through frequent hand washing. Practicing "cough etiquette" will reduce the risk for the transmission of influenza. When sneezing or blowing your nose, utilize facial tissue and then sanitize your hands, cough into your shoulder or sleeve and keep at a distance from others. The practice of "cough etiquette" should be respectfully encouraged with others you encounter as well.   

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends contacting your doctor before going to an emergency department if you are experiencing flu symptoms.

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