Tuesday 21 Aug 2018

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Temporary Visitor Restrictions At Wayne UNC Health Care

Following a sharp rise in the number of flu cases, Wayne UNC Health Care has instituted temporary limits on visitors.

In December, Wayne UNC Health Care had approximately 34 inpatient and outpatient flu cases, according to Angie Hill, Manager of Infection Control at Wayne UNC.  Hill says by the first week of January, those numbers had tripled and they’ve continued to rise.

The changes to Wayne UNC’s visitation policy–which began Jan. 11 and will continue through flu season–limits visitors from bringing children under the age of 12 into inpatient or emergency department areas or waiting rooms.

Many hospitals throughout the country, including Duke University Health System and UNC hospitals, put similar rules in place this month, as the number of reported flu cases in the U.S. since October soared to more than 10,000. Wayne UNC Health Care carefully monitors flu activity levels in its hospitals and the community.

Hill says children with respiratory viruses can spread illness to others for up to two days before showing symptoms of being sick. As an alternative, parents can encourage their children to write letters to a loved one or stay connected through Skype and Facetime.

Wayne UNC Health Care also asks that individuals who have been sick with fever, runny nose, nasal drainage or a sore throat, not visit the hospital unless they are receiving medical care.

Meanwhile, the hospital has an important tip for those looking to avoid flu symptoms: obtain a flu vaccine and wash hands frequently. Washing hands and covering a cough are effective ways to prevent the spread of germs, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone over the age of six months receives their flu shot annually.

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One Comment

  1. JMHO says:

    Please don’t be jerks to the kind folks at the information desk if they turn you away because you brought your kids with you. They are just doing their jobs.

    Reply

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