St James Puts Visitor Restrictions Into Effect

January 6, 2020

From St James Hospital:

Due to a high rate of influenza in our community, visitor restrictions went into effect Friday, Jan. 3.
The following will apply to all St. James inpatient areas:
 No more than two visitors plus one designated caregiver/support person per patient at a time. This restriction:
o Helps decrease the overall potential for exposure – particularly for patients with conditions that put them at high risk for complications due to influenza
o Includes everyone not part of hospital care staff – family members, friends, clergy, etc.
o Includes everyone regardless of being vaccinated or not – vaccinated individuals are still capable of getting the flu
 No visitors under the age of 14 are permitted in the hospital.
 No visitors with symptoms of fever, cough, body aches, or a sore throat; they may not visit until symptom-free for 24 hours.
Visitor restrictions are put in place to help prevent patients from acquiring the flu while in the hospital, which could extend patients’ length of stay and/or impact their treatment or healing. Community influenza rates will be monitored carefully so that we may lift restrictions as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.
If there are more than two visitors and one designated caregiver in a patient’s room, please invite the additional visitors to wait in one of our main waiting areas:
o Main lobby
o Cafeteria
o Patient/Family lounges
The visitor restrictions are explained in a letter to families and visitors and FAQ, which will be printed and distributed to patient units and clinical departments. Signs will also be displayed at the main hospital entry points and will be provided to the units for posting.
If you have any questions about visitation restrictions or have a specific situation where restrictions may need to be waived, please contact Infection Prevention at (585) 324-8106.