Monroe Clinic Tightens Hospital Visitation

MONROE (WIFR) — In an effort to protect patients, staff and the community from the flu virus, Monroe Clinic has implemented visitor restrictions for all hospital patients. Visitors are limited to immediate family members only — children, grandparents, parents, siblings, spouse/significant other. No one with flu-like symptoms will be permitted to visit.

All Monroe Clinic hospital visitors should follow these guidelines:
• Do not visit the hospital if you are ill
• Keep the number of visitors and length of visits to a minimum
• Practice hand hygiene before and after each visit with a patient
• If possible, call patients to give your well wishes instead of visiting

This is only a precaution to avoid spreading infections. The visitor restriction applies to all patients in all areas of the hospital and is in effect until further notice. It does not apply to the main clinic building, St. Clare Center or any branch locations.

Practice good hygiene
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please take the following precautions to help prevent spreading infection:
• Stay home if you get sick. Most patients are not in need of immediate care. For the safety of others, please refrain from visiting the emergency department. Please call your provider if you have further questions.
• Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. Dispose of the tissue.
• Wash or sanitize your hands frequently, and avoid touching your mouth, eyes or nose.
• Avoid close contact with sick people.
• Put on a mask before entering any healthcare setting. Monroe Clinic will have signs posted and masks available at all clinic and hospital entrances.
• For the safety of their own family, patients are strongly encouraged to arrive at appointments without children and/or significant other.

Flu high risk groups
Certain people are at greater risk of serious flu-related complications (including young children, elderly persons, pregnant women and people with certain long-term medical conditions). If you are in a high risk group and develop flu-like symptoms, contact your doctor. Remind them about your high risk status for the flu.

You may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms:
• Fever*
• Cough
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Body aches
• Headache
• Chills
• Fatigue
• Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting
*Not everyone with the flu has a fever

Still haven’t been vaccinated or have questions about the flu? Call your Monroe Clinic primary care provider at 608-324-2000 or visit monroeclinic.org. for more flu information.


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