To protect patients, family members and staff during this time of increased seasonal flu activity and other upper respiratory illnesses, OSF HealthCare Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac and OSF HealthCare OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington are asking the public to limit visits as a precautionary measure.
These guidelines are based on recommendations from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Effective December 20, it is requested that:
- Visitors should be at least 18 years of age and older. This will minimize exposure of patients to children, who are known to be high risk for transmission of viral infections, and will protect children from contracting an illness while visiting the hospital.
- Please do not visit hospitalized patients if you are not feeling well, particularly if you have had flu-like symptoms during the past seven days. Symptoms include a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, cough, and/or sore throat.
- Remember to cough and/or sneeze into your arm or shoulder or use a tissue. The spread of germs can be reduced by coughing into your clothing. Avoid covering your mouth with your hands, as the germs can easily be passed through direct contact with surfaces or people.
To assist in limiting the spread of disease, please wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand foam/gel when entering and leaving a patient’s room.
For tips on staying healthy during flu season, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm