Updated, 4/10/2017 at 2:15 p.m.
Please see the message below from Dr. Kevin Shiley, Physician Advisor Infection Control, regarding lifting flu-related visitor restrictions in Catholic Health:
Influenza like illness (ILI) rates have continued to fall since peak season. Given the significant decline in ILI over the past several weeks, we are lifting visitor restrictions for siblings under age 14 visiting our maternity units and children visiting residents in our long term care facilities. As always, children and adults who are sick with a cold, flu or fever should not visit patients in our hospitals or nursing homes.
Please note: We are still officially in influenza season, which means that the New York State directive requiring healthcare workers who have not received a flu shot wear protective masks in patient care areas, is still in effect.
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.
- 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
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.