OSF HealthCare has announced it is limiting visits to its hospitals in Danville and Urbana because of increased activity in seasonal flu and other upper respiratory illnesses. It says the action is being taken to protect patients, family members and staff.
OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville and OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana are asking the public to limit visits as a precautionary measure.
- Visitors should be at least 18 years old. OSF says that will minimize exposure of patients to children, who are known to be high risk for transmission of viral infections, and will protect the children from contracting an illness while visiting the hospital.
- OSF asks that you not visit a hospitalized patient if you are not feeling well yourself, particularly if you have had flu-like symptoms during the past week. 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 germs can be easily 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 or gel when entering and leaving a patient’s room or after coughing, sneezing or using a tissue.
Carle had made a similar announcement earlier.
For tips on staying healthy during flu season, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/actions-prevent-flu.htm.