Contact: Rebecca Green
According to estimates from the CDC, there have been at least 15 million flu illnesses, 140,000 hospitalizations and 8,200 deaths from flu during the 2019-20 flu season. Yes, coronavirus is getting more attention, but for now, it is still less of a threat in our area than seasonal influenza. Remember, these everyday habits can help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:
- 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.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Due to the continued increase of influenza in our community, CGH Medical Center’s temporary visitor restrictions remain in place for the health and safety of our patients. These restrictions include:
- Visitors will be limited to 2 adults per patient at any time.
- No visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed.
- All visitors must be symptom-free (no fever with cough or cold).
- Patients coming to the CGH ED or outpatient clinics with flu symptoms will be asked to wear a mask. Signs of the flu include fever, cough, sneezing, runny nose or sore throat.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
- 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 and throughout the hospital).