St. James Hospital – Update On Visitor Policy Regarding The Flu

January 29, 2019

HORNELL, NY – Statement From St. James Hospital:

For the last few weeks, St. James Hospital has had visitor restrictions in place to protect patients, staff and visitors from flu transmission. We just want to remind the public that those restrictions are still in effect as follows:

St. James Hospital reminds the public that it continues to restrict visitors to manage exposure to illnesses that are easily spread, such as the flu. Hospital leadership carefully monitors flu activity levels in the hospital and the community, and takes actions when certain thresholds are met to halt the spread, and limit the number of visitors allowed in patient areas.

The restrictions at St. James include:
• No more than two visitors in a patient’s room at any time
• No visitors under the age of 14
• No visitors with symptoms of fever, cough, body aches, or a sore throat; visitors may not visit until they are symptom-free for 24 hours

St. James will continue to closely monitor flu activity, and regular visiting practices will resume as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. We greatly appreciate the public’s understanding and cooperation during this time, and encourage consumers to be prepared for flu season by getting vaccinated.