Quad Cities Health Systems Suggest Voluntary Limitation Of Visits As Flu Cases Increase
Dec. 28, 2017 -- Because of an increase in influenza in the region, UnityPoint Health - Trinity and Genesis Health System are asking that only “well’’ visitors visit hospitalized patients.
Visitors should not come to the hospital to visit patients if they have a sore throat, chills, headache, stuffy/runny nose, cough, fever or body aches. People exhibiting these symptoms will be asked to wear a mask and must clean their hands before entering a patient’s room.
In the past week Quad Cities hospitals and clinics have seen an increase in the number of patients admitted with influenza, other respiratory conditions and gastrointestinal illnesses. There has also been an increase in the number of patients testing positive for seasonal influenza in emergency departments.
Actual numbers of positive tests are not kept and are not required to be reported.
The Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network called flu activity “local’’ last week in its weekly activity report. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week warned of a possible severe flu season in some areas.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reports many counties in Illinois have experienced high levels of influenza-like illness.
“The best preventive measures to protect against seasonal influenza are a flu vaccination and good hand hygiene,’’ said Lisa Caffery, infection prevention coordinator, Genesis Health System. “It is not too late to get a flu shot.
“We would also ask that anyone with flu symptoms stay home from work or school.’’
“Visitor restrictions during times of increased influenza activity are in the best interest of patients and the community. Minor illness can impact the health and safety of patients while sick patients can also spread influenza to visitors,” said Angel Mueller, infection prevention manager, UnityPoint Health – Trinity.