Hospitals to restrict visitors amid flu outbreak

January 02, 2018 06:32 PM

The Health Department says the flu is circulating at a "high level" in Monroe County, more than doubling in the last week.

Starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, URMC is implementing visitor restrictions at Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, Golisano Children’s Hospital, and Wilmot Cancer Center. Thompson Health in Canandaigua has also issued restrictions.

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The following visitor restrictions will go into place at those locations:

  • A maximum of two visitors plus one care giver in a patient’s room at any time
  • No visitors under the age of 14
  • People with flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, sore throat, body aches) are asked not to visit hospitalized patients until they are symptom-free for 24 hours

Rochester Regional Health is also instituting restrictions for visitors as of Wednesday at Rochester General Hospital, Unity Hospital, United Memorial Hospital, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, and Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic.

The following restrictions will go into effect at Rochester Regional Health locations:

  • Visitors will be limited to no more than two people per patient at a time
  • All visitors must be at least 14 years old
  • Please do not visit a patient if you feel you are ill, including sore throat, fever, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, or other flu-like symptoms - even if you have been vaccinated against the flu

The flu typically begins to show up in October and can last through May, often peaking in January or February.

County officials say it is too soon to tell if this year's flu season will be worse than last year's.


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