An increase in the number of area influenza cases has prompted Crawford Memorial Hospital to implement visitor restrictions.
CMH has been monitoring the incidence of area flu cases. Officials decided Friday to proactively implementing visitor limitations to help protect our patients, staff and the community from the spread of the disease.
"We really want to thank the community for their cooperation," Chief Nursing Officer Tammy Fralicker said.
"We know these restrictions are an inconvenience for our patients but they are vitally important for keeping our patients safe," she added.
Effective immediately, no one will be allowed to visit patients if they have flu-like symptoms. These include cough, sore throat, fever, chills, aches, runny or stuffy nose, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
Only immediate members of the patients' family will be allowed to visit. Immediate family includes, spouses, parents or legal guardians, step-parents and siblings.
Patients will be restricted to two visitors at a time. Children younger than age 18 are strongly advised not to visit.
Some patients may be asked to wear a mask inside the hospital if they are exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
Heightened restrictions may be put in place OB/Gyn and the Magnolia Center. Visitors should call us at 544-3131 to check on those.
Several other area hospitals, including Good Samaritan in Vincennes, implemented visitor restrictions early last week in response to a widespread flu outbreak in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.