Widespread Flu Activity Prompts Restricted Visitation

January 8th, 2018

With the increase in regional flu activity, we’re implementing temporary changes to our hospital visitor policy in the best interest of our patients and staff.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Beginning January 3, 2018, visitation is limited to individuals 18 years of age or older and a maximum of two visitors per patient at a time.
  • Possible exceptions include, but are not limited to, end-of-life care.
  • At age 55, women should have mammograms every other year – though women who want to keep having yearly mammograms should be able to do so.
  • In extenuating circumstances, the patient’s nurse will work with the patient and the patient’s family to assess the situation and rule out flu-like symptoms.

We care about your health. If you have any questions about this temporary policy change, please reach out to the hospital’s infection prevention department and/or ask to speak with the house supervisor.

Influenza in Illinois:

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports widespread regional flu activity via this online Influenza Surveillance Update.. Widespread activity means an increase in influenza-like illness (ILI) and/or institutional outbreaks (nursing homes, hospitals, schools, prisons, etc.) in at least half of the regions and recent (within the past three weeks) lab confirmed influenza in the state.