Effective Tuesday, December 31, 2013, restrictions will be in place for visitors at
St. James Healthcare. The restrictions are due to the presence of RSV and
Influenza viruses in the community and the surrounding areas. Visitors that have
symptoms of an upper respiratory infection, including cough or fever as well as
all children under the age of 18, will be restricted from visiting patients.
During the temporary visitor restriction, families and friends are encouraged to
send a card or to telephone the patient rather than coming to the hospital to visit.
We will advise the public when the visitor restriction is no longer in effect.
RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) and Influenza are spread from person to
person through direct contact with respiratory droplets, through contact with
surfaces contaminated with droplets, or through small particles suspended in the
air. Even people with a mild case of RSV or Influenza can transmit the infection
If you do not feel well, have a fever, or have a cough, runny nose, or sore throat,
please do not visit patients until you feel better. If you are over 18 years old and
must visit patients while you are ill, you will be asked to wear a mask and to wash
your hands often to help prevent the spread of your illness.
The most important thing you can do to protect yourself and others from RSV
and Influenza is to practice good hand hygiene. Throughout the hospital, you will
find Hand Sanitizer stations that include masks, tissues, and hand sanitizer.
When you do visit the hospital, be sure to sanitize your hands before and after
This release was sent out by St. James Healthcare.