Visitor restrictions at Horizon Health

Special to The Prairie Press
Posted 1/20/20

In response to increasing influenza activity in Illinois and across the country, Horizon Health has enacted temporary visitor restrictions for inpatient areas.

As recommended by the Illinois …

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Visitor restrictions at Horizon Health

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In response to increasing influenza activity in Illinois and across the country, Horizon Health has enacted temporary visitor restrictions for inpatient areas.

As recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health, the following restrictions will remain in effect until further notice:

νLimit the number of visitors to two at a time.

νNo visitors under age 18.

νVisitors to pediatric patients should be parents and grandparents only.

νDo not visit if one has a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), sore throat or cough.

Visitors who have any of these symptoms, but still need to enter the facility, should obtain a mask and disinfect their hands at one of respiratory hygiene stations located within Horizon Health.

“Our facilities have had some positive influenza tests,” said Amy Arnett, infection control manager at Horizon Health. “However, the quantity of individuals who have had the respiratory flu is unknown. The guideline is not to test all patients who present with flu-like symptoms, rather to treat those patients symptomatically.”

Arnett emphasized the importance of early treatment and receiving an annual flu vaccine. Influenza is a viral condition, which is not treated with antibiotics.