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January 28, 2014

Illinois health facilities enact temporary visitor restrictions

PARIS, IL — In response to increasing influenza activity in Illinois and across the country, Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center and VA Illiana Health Care System at Danville have enacted temporary visitor restrictions.

These restrictions, as recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health, will remain in effect until further notice. The restrictions at the Paris facility are:

• Visitors are limited to two at a time.

• There will be no visitors under the age of 18.

• Visitors to pediatric patients should be parents and grandparents only.

• Those with a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), sore throat or cough cannot visit. Visitors who have any of these symptoms, but still need to enter the facility, should obtain a mask and disinfect their hands at one of the hospital’s respiratory hygiene stations.

“These measures are strictly precautionary at this point,” said registered nurse Amy Arnett, the infection control manager at PCH/FMC. “We have not experienced the high levels of influenza-like illness that many Illinois counties have, and hopefully we won’t.”

In an effort to minimize the risk of veterans contracting influenza, VA Illiana Health Care System’s Danville campus has implemented similar visiting restrictions:

• Those with a cough, congestion, runny nose or fever may not visit until they have not had symptoms for 24 hours. If one has these symptoms and must visit, a staff member should be asked for a protection mask to wear.

• Hands should be washed with soap and water, or hand gel used frequently to stop the spread of germs.

• There will be no visitors under age 18.

Veterans enrolled for care at the VA Medical Center in Danville or any of the Community Based Outpatient Clinics who have not received a flu vaccine should talk with their primary care team about how they can be vaccinated.


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