Reid Health restricts visitation because of flu, illness
For the protection of our patients, visitors and families, Reid Health is now restricting visitors because of the continued increase in flu and respiratory illness. Health officials posted the following guidelines Thursday while asking everyone to be sensitive to the risks of spreading infection when at the hospital.
restrictions are as follows:
- Only spouses, significant others, parents or legal guardians (18 or older) are allowed to visit patient units (exceptions can be made for end-of-life situations). This includes the Family Birthing Center.
- Children younger than
18 are not permitted on patient units except in special situations. Family Birthing Center may make exceptions for healthy siblings of newborns.
- Patients with flu-like symptoms will be asked to wear a surgical or isolation mask.
- Patients are restricted to their unit except for testing or therapy.
- Visitors who have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, chills or muscle aches, are not be allowed to visit patients.
- Visitors and patients should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the campus.
Kim Schneider, with Reid Infection Control, said the health system has seen a spike in positive flu and respiratory illnesses in the last two weeks.