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Tri-State hospitals adopt visitation restrictions due to flu

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In response to the increase in influenza cases nationwide and in the Evansville area, St. Mary's and Deaconess Hospitals are implementing the following visitation restrictions today:

  • No visitors with influenza-like symptoms. These include cough, sore throat, fever, chills, aches, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting or diarrhea.
  • No visitors under the age of 15.
  • No visitors other than immediate family, partner, or significant other (immediate family is defined as parents or legal guardians, step-parents, siblings and children age 15 or over, husband or wife).

These restrictions were developed using recommendations from the Vanderburgh County Health Department. Exceptions may be made for cases involving critically ill patients and end-of-life situations.

The flu can cause serious complications and even death, especially in the very young, the elderly, and those with certain existing medical conditions. These measures are being taken in an effort to protect patients, families, and hospital staff. We appreciate the community's understanding and cooperation.

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