The Fulton County Health Center announced a Temporary Restricted Visitor Policy Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 10, to help combat the spread of influenza.
The policy was announced in a press release, which states the restrictions also apply to Fulton Manor and Fulton Suites.
The purpose of the restriction is to, “help protect patients, family members, other visitors and staff from unnecessary exposure and potential infection with the flu.
“The current flu season is developing different this year, compared to previous years. It has started earlier, (and) more people are becoming ill.
“As a precaution during this repildy-evolving influenza situation, the visitor restrictions include the following precautionary measures:
•Visitors must be at least 18 years of age;
•Visitors will be limited to two adults per patient;
•Patients are asked to limit the number of relatives and friends accompanying them to the Emergency Services department, outpatient areas, surgery waiting areas, procedure areas, primary care and specialist physician offices;
•If you are over the age of 18, and are considering visiting one of our patients and are experiencing one of the following symtoms–cold, fever, coughing, sneezing– please restrict your visit at this time.”
The release quotes Patti Finn, FCHC chief executive officer, as saying, “We are taking these extra measures to insure we have the safest possible environment for our patients, residents, our visitors, and our employees.
“Together we can help prevent the spread of the flu and promote the best healing environment for our patients and visitors during the flu season,” Finn said.
FCHC officials recommended safety tips for patients and visitors:
•Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners placed at all elevators are also effective.
•Cough into a sleeve or a tissue. Throw the tissue away and perform hand hygiene.
•Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
•Those with flu-like symptoms are asked to avoid visiting others in the hospital to prevent exposing those who are already ill or recovering from other health concerns. “Flu-like symptoms” include a fever of 100 degrees or greater with a cough or sore throat.
•Those who are ill and must visit, should ask for a mask.
•Get vaccinated with the seasonal influenza vaccine if it is recommended and available to you.
Officials at the Fairlawn Haven nursing home said flu became a problem at the Archbold facility on Tuesday, Jan. 2, but the general public was still allowed to visit.–posted 5 pm Jan. 10, 2018