Influenza Visitor Restrictions

12/28/2017 - Rockford, Illinois

For Immediate Release

Date: December 28, 2017


Visitor Restrictions and Healthcare Worker Precautions Implemented
Due to High Influenza Activity in the Community

Due to high influenza (flu) activity in the Rock River Region, Mercyhealth, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, and SwedishAmerican Health Systems are implementing temporary visitor restrictions policies that include:
• Restricting visitation by persons less than 18 years of age;
• Limiting the number of visitors to two per patient at any one time;
• Practicing proper hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette;
• Requesting that visitors who are ill avoid contact with people who are at risk; and
• Implementing healthcare worker precautions including vaccination and masking.


Individuals infected with the flu virus often feel some or all of these symptoms which come on suddenly:
• Fever or feeling feverish/chills
• Cough
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Muscle or body aches
• Headaches
• Fatigue (tiredness)
• Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.


The Winnebago County Health Departments reminds everyone:
• People who are ill should avoid contact with people who are at risk.
• It’s not too late to vaccinate against influenza.
• Practice proper hygiene by covering coughs, cleaning hands often, and staying home when sick. (CLEAN, COVER, CONTAIN)


Additional Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -
Illinois Department of Public Health -
Winnebago County Health Department -


Katryna Kirby, SwedishAmerican Health System, 815.489.4340
Paul Arco, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, 815.395.5036
Trish Reed, Mercyhealth, 608.741.2413
Carrie Hermanson, University of Illinois College of Medicine, 815.395.5920
Theresa James, Winnebago County Health Department, 815.720.4213