PCH/FMC enacts temporary visitor restrictions

In response to increasing influenza activity in Illinois and across the country, Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center has enacted temporary visitor restrictions.

These restrictions for inpatient areas, as recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health, will remain in effect until further notice. 

The restrictions are as follows: Limit the number of visitors to two at a time.  No visitors under age 18. Visitors to pediatric patients should be parents and grandparents only.

Do not visit if you have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), sore throat, or cough. 

Visitors who have any of these symptoms, but still need to enter the facility, should obtain a mask and disinfect their hands at one of respiratory hygiene stations located within PCH/FMC.

“We do know that our facilities have had some positive influenza tests,” said Amy Arnett, RN, infection control manager at PCH/FMC. “However, the quantity of individuals who have had the respiratory flu is unknown, because not all patients with respiratory symptoms need to be tested. The provider will determine the testing and treatment appropriate for each patient.”

Arnett emphasized the importance of early treatment with antiviral medications, such as Tamiflu. Influenza is a viral condition and cannot be cured with medications. But antiviral medications—if obtained soon after onset—can decrease symptoms and the length of illness. 

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