Oconto Falls hospital sets visitor restrictions during flu season

An increase in influenza cases in the region raises concern
NEW Media Staff

OCONTO FALLS — In response to an increase of flu cases in the region, visitor restrictions are now in place at all HSHS – Eastern Wisconsin Division hospitals, including HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

The restrictions also affect HSHS St. Vincent and HSHS St. Mary’s in Green Bay, and HSHS St. Nicholas in Sheboygan.

Restrictions are as follows:

· No visitors under the age of 12 in inpatient areas.

· No visitors of any age with flu-like symptoms including fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, fever, vomiting or diarrhea.

· Try to limit the number of healthy visitors to one or two people per patient.

It is important to note that these restrictions and guidelines are not in place for a pediatric patient coming to one of the hospitals for an outpatient appointment.

While these restrictions are not vastly different than existing infection prevention restrictions for visitors, the high numbers of influenza cases in the area (including those requiring hospitalization) have prompted medical officials to temporarily put these restrictions in place.

The purpose is to help keep patients safe and help prevent the spread of germs to protect the most vulnerable during the flu season.

The hospital reminds the public it is not too late to get a flu shot, and washing your hands frequently is one of the best ways to avoid the flu.

Possible exceptions based on special patient needs that allow families to be with their loved ones can be discussed with the patient’s care team.