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Horizon reminds visitors to be cautious of spreading infection

(Horizon) January 19, 2015 - Horizon Health Network reminds the public to refrain from visiting hospital patients if you are exhibiting any signs of illness such as influenza or a gastrointestinal virus. Signs and symptoms of influenza are cough, fever, sore throat, muscle and joint pain. The symptoms associated with a gastrointestinal virus are nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. This is a proactive measure to prevent the spread of illness in our hospitals and protect the health of our patients and staff.     


The restriction does not apply to patients who require assessment in the Emergency Department, although we would remind you that for most viral infections the best treatment is rest and adequate hydration. Other services such as diagnostic testing or outpatient appointments should be re-scheduled if non-urgent. If urgently required we ask that persons follow infection control guidelines as outlined below.


Everyone is asked to clean their hands with the alcohol based hand rinse located at each entrance when entering and leaving the hospital. Individuals who are experiencing influenza symptoms and who must enter the hospital are asked to put on a mask, which are available at our entrances. 


Be mindful of spreading infection. If you are not feeling well, please do not visit patients. Together we can help stop the spread of infection within our hospitals and our community.


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For more information contact:

Carolyn McCormack, APR
Media Relations

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