Rise in flu cases prompts visitor restrictions at some local hospitals

Updated: January 07, 2020 03:10 PM
Created: December 30, 2019 02:10 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Flu season is in full swing in Monroe County. As of Dec. 21, 420 influenza cases had been confirmed, according to county health officials. Of those cases, 51 required hospitalization.

In response to rising flu cases, UR Medicine Thompson Health implemented visitor restrictions at both F.F. Thompson Hospital and M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center, effective Thursday, Jan. 2. 

On Dec. 30, UR Medicine implemented restrictions at Strong Memorial Hospital, Golisano Children's Hospital, Wilmot Cancer Center, and Highland Hospital.

The following restrictions are in place at those UR Medicine facilities.

  • No visitors under the age of 14 are permitted in the hospital
  • No more than three people with a patient at a time
  • People who are ill with flu-like symptoms are asked not to visit patients

Rochester Regional Health also announced the following visitor restrictions at Rochester General Hospital, Unity Hospital, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital and United Memorial Medical Center.

  • There can be no more than two visitors per patient at a time. Parents/caregivers are not counted as visitors
  • All visitors must be at least 14 years old, though the health system will make an exception for healthy children visiting a newborn sibling
  • People who have a sore throat, fever, runny nose, cough or other flu-like symptoms are asked not to visit anyone in the hospital, even if they have had a flu shot

Flu season typically starts in October and can last through May, often peaking in January or February.

Health officials say it is not too late to get vaccinated.

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