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Savannah hospital imposes visitor restrictions after increase in flu cases

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Savannah hospital imposes visitor restrictions after increase in flu cases (WPDE)

A Savannah hospital has imposed strict visitor restrictions after an increase in flu cases.

According to a news release, St. Joseph's Hospital and Candler Hospital are implementing new restrictions aimed at protecting patients, visitors, and co-workers.

The release said flu cases began rising in November and, over the course of the last three weeks, the number of patients with flu systems at the hospital has been above the state baseline.

Officials say the following rules are now in place:

  • Do not visit any St. Joseph's/Candler patient if you have any signs or symptoms of influenza.
  • Children under 18 are not allowed to visit patients.
  • Those under 18 cannot visit parents at the Telfair Birthplace at Candler Hospital unless they are the primary caretaker.
  • Only children seeking treatment should come to the hospital.
  • Children under 18 are not permitted to wait for family in any waiting area.
  • Patients can only receive two visitors at a time.

Systems of flu include the following:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle/joint/body aches
  • Headache
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

Everyone is being advised to remember proper hygiene and illness prevention--wash your hands, cover your cough and sneezes, and get a flu vaccine.