Columbus Regional Health is asking that all non-family visitors and others with potential flu-like symptoms avoid visits to its facilities until further notice.
“Visiting sick patients can infect visitors. Hospitalized patients can become infected by visitors who may be infectious for the flu prior to developing signs or symptoms of illness,” Harp said. “It makes sense right now to take precautions and do what we can do to protect everyone.”
Because of the increased risk being experienced across the region at this time Columbus Regional Health, has put the following guidelines in place at Midtown Medical Center, Northside Medical Center and the John B. Amos Cancer Center until further notice:
- Limit visitors to two adults per patient at any time.
- Unless they are receiving treatment, children aged 12 and under will not be permitted in the hospital.
- Wash hands or sanitize with an alcohol rub frequently especially after entering and upon leaving a medical facility.
- Visitors with symptoms of the flu or gastrointestinal illness, including fever, cough, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, vomiting or diarrhea will not be permitted in the hospital
- Take the flu vaccine.