Hospital working to slow spread of flu virus

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Twin County Regional Hospital has temporary visitation guidelines in place to minimize the spread of flu.
Visitors will be limited to those who are at least age 18.
Those who are younger should not visit the hospital including, the intensive care unit and the mother-baby unit, because those patients and infants, as well as visitors who are minors, are more vulnerable to illnesses increasing their risk for complications.
Visitors with flu- or cold-like symptoms such as fever, coughing, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches or any sign of respiratory or other illnesses should not visit the hospital unless treatment is needed.
If visitation is necessary, patients with flu-like symptoms may have only one visitor.
Patients in the emergency department may have only one visitor during their stay, which means visitors are asked not to take turns visiting with a patient.
Patients and visitors to any patients who have presented with or who are isolated with flu- or cold-like illnesses may be asked to wear masks in waiting and treatment areas.
“The health of our community is very important to us,” said Martha Easter, TCRH’s infection prevention coordinator.  “Flu increases the risk of severe complications to patients with other illnesses especially in individuals who are receiving cancer treatments or whose immune systems may be compromised.
“Other high risk individuals include pregnant women, infants, children and young adults. Therefore, as the number of patients with flu-like illnesses continues to increase, so does our vigilance to prevent illnesses.”
The guidelines will be in place until the peak flu season passes.
The hospital also urges the public to take such precautions as extensive hand washing, and covering nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when you cough or sneeze.

For details, see www.tcrh.org, www.cdc.gov, www.flu.gov or www.vdh.state.va.us.