To protect patients, visitors and staff during the influenza outbreak, Provena United Samaritans Medical Center and Provena Covenant Medical Center have initiated the following visitor guidelines effective immediately:
1. Patients will have no more than two visitors at a time.
2. People under 18 years old, including patients' children and siblings are not to visit patients.
3. Visitors with symptoms of upper respiratory infection should not visit a patient. If a visitor has such symptoms and must visit for a patient's well-being, they are required to wear a mask.
4. Patients who are in isolation for influenza will be limited to receiving only those visitors who are essential for their emotional well-being and care.
"We have an obligation to our patients, our staff, and our community at large to prevent the spread of the virus and protect everyone's health," states Jolene Bowen, Provena Covenant’s Infection Control Coordinator. “We are asking that all people who have flu-like symptoms, regardless of age, please refrain from visiting patients.”
These steps are based on the recommendations from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to decrease the potential for the influenza to spread. Many other hospitals across the country have begun restricting visitors in a similar way to prevent the spread of flu-like illnesses.
“During this period of heightened concern, we sincerely appreciate the cooperation of the public in helping us provide the best possible care for our patients, their families and our community,” states Molly Nicholson, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Provena United Samaritans.
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