COUDERSPORT, PA-- A recent Pennsylvania Department of Health Advisory has determined that this influenza (flu) season has seen the highest number of flu cases reported per week since the 2009 pandemic. As a result, Cole Memorial Hospital is temporarily restricting visitations. The restriction will protect patients, visitors and staff from unnecessary exposure to the highly contagious flu virus.
Effective immediately, Cole Memorial is requesting that visitors postpone any visits to a hospitalized patient if they are experiencing signs or symptoms such as:
• Runny nose
• Vomiting, nausea or diarrhea.
In addition, visitors must be at least 18 years old during this temporary restriction (except siblings who are not exhibiting flu symptoms will be allowed to visit new babies in the Maternity Department).
As a reminder, Cole Memorial encourages these strategies to prevent spreading the flu:
• Avoid close contact.
• Stay at home when you are sick.
• Clean your hands.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, and practice other good health habits.
• Get a flu shot—it’s not too late.
Cole Memorial employees are dedicated to receiving an annual flu vaccine to protect patients and staff. Anyone who has not received a flu vaccine can still benefit from its protection. Flu shots are still accessible. To locate a Cole Memorial Medical Group primary care provider, visit www.colememorial.org.