Randolph Hospital limits visitors during flu season

(Photo credit: Randolph Hospital Google+ page)

(Photo credit: Randolph Hospital Google+ page)

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Randolph Hospital joins a growing number of North Carolina hospitals limiting visitors during the on set of flu season.

Effective today, Randolph Hospital is restricting all visitors to the facility who are displaying any flu-like symptoms, fever, cough or sore throat and anyone 12 years of age or under from visiting the hospital. Also, until further notice, no more than two visitors are allowed per patient at any given time.

“We feel these restrictions are a necessary step to protecting our patients, staff and adult visitors as the reports of increasing cases of flu appear throughout the region,” said Ingrid Munley, Infection Control professional. “Early evidence from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that children and adolescents are more susceptible to the flu and have higher rates of flu infection than adults.”

Further precautions at Randolph Hospital also entail increased availability of masks, gloves and alcohol-based hand sanitizer at all major entrances into the facility as well as signage displaying the newly implemented visitation restrictions.

“We understand that these new restrictions may be an inconvenience for patients and families, but we ask for your understanding and patience as we work to limit the spread of flu. Protecting our patients who have a weakened immune system or at a higher risk for infection such as pregnant women and newborn infants, is the first step in controlling the spread of flu this season,” said Munley.

The visitation policy will remain in effect until the rate of flu in the region has significantly decreased. To help reduce the spread of flu, the following universally approved precautions are recommended for everyday use:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often and with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze; alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick.