Hospital lifts visitor restrictions for health care facility

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Rome Memorial Hospital has lifted restrictions on visitors to the hospital’s Residential Health Care Facility. However, Administrator Wendy Goetz said visitor restrictions on the Maternity and Pediatric units are still in effect.

While restrictions have been lifted for the Residential Health Care Facility, the hospital asks that visitors who feel ill with any type of upper respiratory or gastrointestinal problems delay their visit to protect patients and residents.

Registered Nurse Amy Carissimo, director of infection prevention, cautions that those being treated with an antiviral medication like Tamiflu can still transmit the flu virus. “Please refrain from visiting until all symptoms have subsided and you have completed the course of prescribed medications,” she said.

The best protection against contracting influenza include:

• Frequent hand washing;

• Covering all coughs and sneezes using a tissue or crook of your arm, not your hand;

• Staying home from work, school or social events if you have a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and pains, or other symptoms; and

• Avoiding people exhibiting symptoms of a flu-like illness and large gathering places like shopping malls.

Those who have flu-like symptoms that are severe and persistent should contact their health care provider.

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