Winona Health has implemented temporary visitor limitations to allow visits from immediate family only in the hospital, Lake Winona, Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manors until further notice.
“The flu is in our community, and we’ve experienced an increase in the number of patients seeking care for flu-like symptoms over the weekend,” noted Linda Pozanc, Winona Health’s infection control coordinator. “We’re implementing visitor limitations to minimize our patients and residents’ potential exposure to the influenza virus.”
Family members who are coughing or showing other respiratory symptoms also are asked not to visit their relatives in the hospital or nursing home.
Patients and family members coming to the clinic for appointments who are coughing, sneezing or seeking care for respiratory symptoms are asked to wear a mask. Masks are available at the hospital and clinic main entrances.
In addition, Winona Health encourages individuals to adopt these simple practices to help limit spread of the flu virus:
· Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Then throw the tissue away. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve rather than into your hands.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
If you have additional questions about the flu, contact your primary healthcare provider.