Healthcare systems enhance control measures as flu numbers rise

ROCKFORD (WREX) — Healthcare systems in Winnebago County are taking steps to help stop the spread of the flu virus.

Visitors are being restricted and healthcare staff will be wearing masks if they have not been vaccinated for the flu this season. This will take effect across the Rock River Region, which includes OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center, Mercyhealth, SwedishAmerican, the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford and Crusader Community Health.

Effective immediately, and until further notice, hospital visitors will be limited to those individuals 18 years
of age and older. In addition, anyone showing flu-like symptoms should refrain from visiting patients in the
hospital. All treatment services are still available to all patients.

The health department says while influenza typically decreases in March, this season has been unusual. The public should be aware that influenza is increasing in our community and should take steps to reduce the spread of flu including:

  • Stay home when they are not feeling well, especially if they are experiencing symptoms of flu.
  • Get a flu vaccine. It’s not too late to vaccinate against influenza.
  • Practice the 3C’s (Clean, Cover, Contain) by cleaning hands often, covering coughs, and staying
    home when sick.

You can view the whole flu report HERE.

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Andrew Carrigan

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