The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Health and Fitness

February 18, 2013

Evangelical Community Hospital lifts flu-related visitation restrictions

LEWISBURG - Evangelical Community Hospital has lifted its temporary ban on inpatient visitation after reviewing recent trends in community influenza activity.

In mid-January, the hospital placed a restriction on children aged 12 and under from visiting inpatient floors to prevent any spread of influenza to patients, employees, and visitors. The decision to restrict was based on the early arrival of influenza to the area and a rise in flu-like cases at primary care offices.

“In an effort to keep our patients, staff, and guests safe and protected from the influenza virus, the Hospital limited visitation for children aged 12 and under,” said John J. Kryston, DO, Medical Director of Infection Control. “After careful review of reports for the Centers for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, we’ve decided to lift the ban.”

Community members are reminded flu season is not over and typically runs until the end of March.

Individuals who are feeling sick should see their primary care physician and avoid going to the Hospital unless absolutely necessary. Staying home from work and avoiding high-traffic public areas when exhibiting signs of sickness limits the spread of influenza and other illnesses.

Guests to the hospital are encouraged to wash hands with soap and water or the provided alcohol- based hand sanitizer, cough and sneeze into tissues or the crook of their elbows, and wear masks if they want to avoid getting sick. Hand sanitizer, tissues, and masks are available at sneeze stations located throughout the Hospital. Any visitors who are ill with fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, or body aches should not come to visit inpatients.

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