Visitor Restrictions In Effect Until Further Notice

April 4, 2019

Effective immediately, April 4, 2019, Memorial Healthcare has implemented visitor restrictions for the entire hospital, including its Long Term Care units. These restrictions will be in effect until further notice.

Memorial Healthcare, along with the entire State of Michigan, is experiencing an unusual late season of influenza activity. Seasonal flu viruses can be detected year-round; however, seasonal flu activity often begins as early as October and November and can continue to occur as late as May.

According to the CDC, during most seasons, influenza type A circulates first and is followed by an influenza type B later in the season. However, this season, influenza type A and influenza type B are circulating at the same time.

“These restrictions are being placed into effect due to the increase in flu-like illness and for the safety of our patients, their family members, and our healthcare providers,” says Megan Smith, MSN, RN, Director of Quality & Safety at Memorial Healthcare.

Visitors are being asked not to visit if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:  runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, headache, fever, nausea/vomiting, body aches, and diarrhea.

No visitors aged 12 and under will be permitted in the facility, EVEN WITH NO SYMPTOMS, unless that child is coming into the hospital for a service. If children are accompanying an adult, who is healthy and here to visit, they will be asked to wait in the front lobby or cafeteria supervised by another adult that is a family member/friend.

To help prevent the spread of flu-like illness individuals should avoid close contact with people who show symptoms, stay home if you are sick, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, clean your hands, avoid touching your eyes/nose/mouth, and practice other good habits such as cleaning frequently touched surfaces and getting plenty of sleep and fluids.

“We appreciate the community’s support in our efforts to protect our patients, their family members, our employees, volunteers and physicians,” says Brian L. Long, FACHE, President and CEO of Memorial Healthcare.

To stay up-to-date on visitor restrictions, visit Memorial’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MemorialHealthcare.

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