Non-emergency flu sufferers asked to not visit hospitals
Hospitals in Tiffin and Fostoria ask visitors with influenza or flu-like symptoms to stay away – unless, of course, they are seeking treatment.
“In an effort to manage the spread of illness and further protect our patients, visitors and employees, Mercy is asking visitors who are ill with flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, chills, sore throat, headache and body aches, refrain from visiting Mercy hospitals, which includes Mercy Tiffin Hospital,” the hospital stated in a release.
ProMedica, including ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital, began restricting visitation at its hospitals and long-term care facilities Wednesday due to an increasing number of flu cases in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.
Visitors who have flu-like symptoms or are younger than 18 years old will not be permitted inside ProMedica hospitals unless they require treatment. Visitors are to be limited to two per patient at any given time and all visitors will be asked to follow established hand hygiene procedures when entering and leaving patient rooms.
There may be exceptions to the restrictions involving patients who are critically or terminally ill, which will be determined by a staff member.
For more information about the flu, including prevention tips, visit www.cdc.gov.