St. Mary's Hospital implements visitor restrictions during flu season

Jan 21, 2019

Visitor restrictions effective Jan. 21, 2019; no visitors under age 12 allowed in patient care areas

TUCSON – Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital is implementing seasonal visitor restrictions effective Jan. 21, 2019, due to the increasing number of flu and RSV cases being reported in Pima County.

Healthy adults may visit patients, however no visitors under the age of 12 will be allowed in patient care areas of the hospital.

Healthy adult means those not experiencing any flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache or tiredness.

Anyone entering the Emergency Department with flu or cold symptoms will be required to wear a mask.

St. Mary’s hospital offers “flu prevention stations” which include hand sanitizer and face masks to help prevent the spread of the flu virus. All visitors and patients also are asked to cover coughs or sneezes by coughing into a shirt sleeve or tissue.

Proper hand hygiene before and after patient contact is very important. Visitors and patients should wash their hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer is the preferred method unless otherwise indicated.

In the rare circumstance a visitor with influenza-like illness is permitted into the hospital, he or she will have to wear a mask at all times while in the hospital, go directly to the patient’s room, and leave the hospital when the visit is complete.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year –up to 20 percent of U.S. residents acquire an influenza virus infection. In addition, more than 200,000 persons, on average, are hospitalized each year for influenza-related complications.

If you haven’t done so, please consider getting your flu shot. Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent seasonal influenza infection.

Thank you for helping us keep our patients safe.

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