Area Hospitals Restrict Access to Avoid Spread of Flu

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Provided by Novant Health UVA Health Systems

Out of concern for the health and well-being of our patients, Novant Health UVA Health System is asking for the community’s help. Visitors age 12 and under should be kept away from all acute care facilities due to the widespread outbreak of the flu virus throughout the community. This restriction is effective Friday, Feb. 8, at 7:00 a. m. until further notice.

Individuals age 13 and over who are experiencing runny nose, sore throat, fever or cough are also encouraged not to visit patients at Novant Health UVA Health System facilities. However, people who are seeking treatment at hospitals are not subject to the restriction.

“The flu virus can be extremely dangerous to people who have compromised immune systems, cancer, kidney disease and other chronic conditions,” said Dr. Eric Eskioglu, executive vice president and chief medical officer, Novant Health. “In order to protect our patients, we are asking members of the public who are 12 years and under or who may be sick with the influenza virus to not visit these facilities at this time.”

The restrictions apply to the following hospitals throughout the Novant Health UVA Health System, including:

  • Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center
  • Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center

All visitors to any of these facilities should properly disinfect their hands by washing with soap and water or using sanitizing gel when entering and leaving the facilities in order to prevent the spread of the flu virus.

Children may be allowed access to hospital areas in the event of special circumstances such as visiting a dying family member. In these instances, parents should work with their nurse to make arrangements.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides regularly updated information on flu activity: cdc.gov/flu/weekly/fluactivitysurv.htm.

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