In response to the increased incidence of seasonal influenza in the region and the risks the flu brings to hospital patients, University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, 13207 Ravenna Rd.., Chardon, is asking people with flu symptoms to avoid visiting patients there.
The hospital requests that only healthy friends and family visit or accompany patients in any area of the hospital, including the Emergency Department. Anyone (from infant through adults) who exhibits flu symptoms such as fever, severe body aches, cough or runny or stuffy nose is asked to delay visiting or accompanying patients at the hospital until they are symptom-free. This policy will remain in effect until further notice.
“We recognize the important role family and friends play in our patients’ recovery,” said UH Geauga Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Donald DeCarlo, MD. “However, the flu virus is easily spread and hospital patients are more vulnerable. For their safety, we are asking friends and family members to stay home if they are ill.”
Family members who are unable to visit are invited to call the hospital at 440-285-6000 for updates on their family member’s condition. For more information, visit http://www.uhhospitals.org/geauga.