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January 17, 2017

In response to a recent health advisory issued by New York State Health Commissioner Howard A. Zucker, MD, JD, declaring influenza prevalent throughout the state, Catholic Health is taking precautions to reduce the spread of the influenza virus by temporarily limiting visitors at its hospitals and long term care facilities to individuals age 14 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 of Charity Hospital and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo.

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.

Visiting Hours

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 encourages patients and staff to use the hand sanitizer dispensing units throughout its facilities and wash their hands more frequently. Tissues and masks are also available in high-traffic areas such as the Emergency Department.