EFFINGHAM — With flu activity now classified as widespread in Illinois, visitors to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital are reminded of the important role everyone plays in guarding patient safety. St. Anthony’s is providing respiratory etiquette stations at hospital entrances, which have tissues, masks and sanitizing hand gel for visitors. There also are posters at the entrances outlining hospital visitor guidelines.
During flu season, St. Anthony’s highly recommends the following visiting guidelines:
DO NOT visit hospital patients if you:
- Have a cold or any flu-like symptoms, including fever or chills, sore throat, body or muscle aches, headache, cough or runny nose.
- Are under age 18.
- Are pregnant.
A limit of only two people should visit a patient at any one time.
As always, soap and hand sanitizers should be used when entering and leaving a patient’s room.
For more on the flu outbreak locally and statewide, see Tuesday's print and e-editions.