With flu rampant, Nathan Littauer sets new rules for visitors

Friday, January 11, 2013
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— In response to an early and aggressive flu season, Nathan Littauer Hospital announced today new rules for anyone visiting patients at the Gloversville hospital.

The restrictions include: no children 12 years old or younger; no visitors with respiratory symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough and shortness of breath, rash or diarrhea; and only two visitors will be allowed per patient at any one time.

Nearly every other hospital in the Capital Region and Mohawk Valley has implemented similar visitation policies in an effort to thwart the spread of the flu.

Nathan Littauer spokeswoman Cheryl McGrattan said Thursday that the hospital has seen an influx of patients with flu or flu-like symptoms, above what it saw at this time last year.

“It is important to note that these rules are in effect for anyone visiting our hospital hoping to see a patient in one of our in-patient rooms,” she said in a statement Friday. “It does not pertain to anyone who requires outpatient services like an X-ray or laboratory tests. Our top priority is to protect our patients while also serving as a community health advocate to contain this flu outbreak.”

Reach Gazette reporter Bethany Bump at 395-3107 or bbump@dailygazette.net.

 

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