Thompson Hospital imposes new visitor restrictions as flu cases increase regionally

Based on an increase of influenza reported in the region, UR Medicine Thompson Health is instituting visitor restrictions at both F.F. Thompson Hospital and the M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center effective Wednesday.

Until the prevalence of influenza has abated, officials say the following rules apply:

  • Each patient or resident is limited to three visitors at a time.
  • Visitors under 14 are not permitted. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Infection Prevention Department.
  • Anyone displaying symptoms of possible illness is asked to refrain from visiting until they have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.

Signage regarding this temporary policy is posted at the entrances to both the hospital and the continuing care center, and staff members have been made aware.

Visitor restrictions are determined by each institution based on the prevalence of influenza in the facility and region.  Other regional facilities may or may not have restrictions in place at the same time as Thompson Health.

Close monitoring of influenza activity will continue, and Thompson will return to regular visiting practices as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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