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CGH Announces Temporary Visitor Restrictions During Influenza Season

Hospital news | Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Contact: Rebecca Green

Due to a rise in widespread influenza activity, not only in the community, but also in patients visiting our Emergency Department and outpatient clinics, CGH Medical Center is implementing temporary visitor restrictions effective immediately. While we realize these temporary steps may result in some inconvenience to family members and other visitors, the safety and well-being of our patients, visitors and staff is our highest priority.

Until further notice, visitor restrictions include:

  • Visitors will be limited to 2 adults per patient at any time. Limiting the number of visitors per patient will help control the spread of the illness.

  • Since children are more likely to get sick and spread influenza, siblings and children under the age of 18 will only be permitted to visit patients in special cases with prior approval from the patients’ healthcare team.

  • Patients coming to the CGH ED or outpatient clinics with influenza symptoms will be asked to wear a mask.

  • Wash your hands frequently. Make sure you clean your hands when entering and leaving the patient’s room by washing with soap and water or rubbing your hands together with hand sanitizer (located in every patient room).

  • Do not visit the hospital if you have symptoms of the flu. Signs of the flu include fever, cough, sneezing, runny nose or sore throat. The flu is easily and most often spread as a result of coughs or sneezes. A sneeze from one person with the flu can spread up to 20,000 flu germs into the air.

  • If you haven’t already, get the flu vaccine. Getting the simple shot can help increase your chances of staying healthy and avoid getting others sick.

Together, we can prevent the spread of the flu in our hospital and our community this season. Thank you for your cooperation and support.