February 7, 2013
With a marked decrease in the number of patients being seen with flu and respiratory-related illnesses, Catholic Health is lifting the temporary visitor restrictions it enacted last month, which limited children under age of 14 from visiting our hospitals and long term care facilities.
Effective immediately, Catholic Health will resume its regular visitor policy, which allows children under age 14 to visit our nursing homes, hospital maternity units for sibling visitation, and other hospital units with permission from the nurse manager.
Please note that any person, regardless of age, who is experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever, fatigue, body aches, sore throat or respiratory issues, is strongly urged not to visit patients in our hospital or residents in our long-term care and subacute facilities.
While the flu seems to be tapering off, patients, visitors and staff should always follow proper respiratory etiquette, which include covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, properly disposing of tissues and washing hands frequently. Catholic Health has installed more hand sanitizer dispensing units throughout its facilities. Tissues and masks are also available in high-traffic areas such as the Emergency Department.
We continue to encourage people to get a flu shot, and if they feel ill, to contact their primary care doctor or clinic, rather than seek treatment for routine flu symptoms in the emergency room.