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UR Medicine Restrictions Begin Due to Flu

Monday, December 30, 2019

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As our community, like much of the country, grapples with high levels of flu activity, UR Medicine is taking the following measures to limit its spread and best protect patients and staff at Strong Memorial Hospital, Golisano Children’s Hospital, and Wilmot Cancer Center:

  • No visitors under the age of 14 are permitted in the hospital.
  • No more than three people with a patient at a time.
  • People who are ill with flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, sore throat, body aches) are asked not to visit hospitalized patients at all.

“Flu is sometimes a serious illness in someone who’s healthy, but it can be especially dangerous for hospitalized patients with underlying illnesses,” said Paul Graman, M.D., Hospital Epidemiologist and Professor of Medicine in the Infectious Diseases Division at Strong. “We strongly encourage people to wash their hands often, get their flu shots, and to contact their doctor if they feel ill.”

These precautionary measures will go into effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31.  

Family members who have questions about visiting their loved one at these UR Medicine hospitals should speak with the patient’s nurse or call Strong Memorial Hospital’s Infection Prevention office at (585) 275-7716.

For additional details on visiting the hospital during flu season, visit: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/flu-restrictions.aspx

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