Three local hospitals are continuing to restrict visitors to adults 18 years of age and older due to an increase in patients with the flu and flu-like symptoms.

The restrictions at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center will remain in place until further notice.

An additional visitor restriction is in place for the Maternity, Nursery and Pediatric Departments. Only parents, grandparents and birthing coaches may visit those departments.

The hospitals ask that you not visit if you feel ill with any type of respiratory problem.

The best protection against contracting influenza includes:
  • Frequent and thorough hand washing.
  • Covering all coughs and sneezes. If you don’t have a handkerchief or a tissue use the crook of your arm not your hand.
  • Staying home from work, school, or social events if you have a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and pains or other symptoms like nausea or vomiting sometimes associated with influenza.
  • Avoiding people exhibiting symptoms of a flu-like illness.
If you have flu-like symptoms and they are severe and persistent you should contact your healthcare provider.