Peoria hospitals limit visitors due to increase in flu cases

By WEEK Producer

January 23, 2014 Updated Jan 23, 2014 at 8:34 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. – Peoria hospitals are limiting visitors due to an increase in flu cases.

In a joint release Thursday, OSF St. Francis Medical Center and UnityPoint Health Methodist-Proctor asked the public to limit visits and requested that:

- Visitors be at least 18 years of age and older. By doing so, hospital officials hope to minimize patients’ exposure to children, who are known to be high risk for transmission of viral infections, and to protect children from contracting an illness while visiting the hospital.

- Please do not visit hospitalized patients if you are not feeling well, particularly if you have had flu-like symptoms during the past seven days. Those symptoms include fever 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, cough, and/or sore throat.

- Remember to cough and/or sneeze into your arm or shoulder or use a tissue. The spread of germs can be reduced by coughing into your clothing. Avoid covering your mouth with your hands, as the germs can easily be passed through direct contact with surfaces or people.

The guidelines are based on recommendations from the Illinois Department of Public Health. They are currently voluntary but may be changed as necessary.