Flu-Related Visitor Restrictions
5/14/15 Update: This restriction is now lifted.
January 5, 2015
Due to the high volume of influenza illness, Catholic Health is temporarily restricting patient and resident visitors to persons aged 14 years and older.
Restrictions in Place at Hospitals, Nursing Homes & Adult Homes
This restriction is effective immediately for all hospitals and long-term care facilities and is for the protection of our patients and our young visitors who may be more susceptible to the influenza virus.
These restrictions also include the neonatal intensive care units and maternal-child areas at Sisters and Mercy Hospitals.
The visitor restrictions will remain in effect until it is determined they are no longer needed for patient and visitor safety. Notices will be posted in each facility and visitors should be tactfully and compassionately advised that these restrictions are for their own safety and the safety of our patents and staff.
- Kenmore Mercy Hospital
- Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
- Sisters of Charity Hospital
- Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph Campus
- Father Baker Manor
- McAuley Residence
- Mercy Nursing Facility at OLV
- St. Catherine Laboure Health Care Center
- St. Francis of Williamsville
- St. Elizabeth's of Lancaster
- St. Vincent's of Dunkirk
Visitors with Flu-like Symptoms
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 the hospital or residents in our long-term care and subacute facilities.
Hand Sanitizers, Tissues & Masks Available to Staff and Patients
Additionally, Catholic Health is installing more hand sanitizer dispensing units throughout its facilities and encouraging patients and staff to wash their hands more frequently. Tissues and masks are also available in high-traffic areas such as the Emergency Department.
Flu Shots Available for Staff, Physicians & Volunteers
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. Free flu shots are still available for associates, physicians and volunteers by contacting your ministry Associate Health Office.