2009-10-29 / Front Page

Med Center Restricts Visitors

Due to H1N1 virus
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Fulton County Medical Center announced Monday that it is now restricting people younger than 18 years old from visiting its acute-care hospital and longterm care during the flu season. Children utilizing hospital services are asked to wear masks provided at the main entrance if they have flu-like symptoms.

The restriction applies to long- term care, acute-care patient rooms, main lobby and waiting areas. Hospital infection control nurse Lori Best states, “This is not only a safety precaution for our residents, employees and patients but also for the children, young adults and expectant mothers who have a much greater vulnerability to H1N1.”

Best also said that “if the restricted children have a severely ill relative, special consideration would be made. Everyone’s cooperation is greatly appreciated and is vital to ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all patients.”

FCMC also asks that adults visit only if they do not have any flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or body aches and reiterates the best line of defense is hand hygiene and cough etiquette.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Best, RN, at 717-485-2846.

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