Patient visitor restrictions at local hospital

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ROCHELLE, Ill. (WTVO) – Effective immediately, Rochelle Community Hospital has announced that it will not allow visitors under the age of 18 to visit the hospital until further notice.

This change in policy is aimed to protect patients and children from the flu in response to the increased incidence of Influenza-like illness.

In addition:
• The number of people visiting a patient has been limited to two at any one time.
• Visitors with flu-like symptoms, including a fever, sneezing, cough or sore throat should not visit patients.
• Patients and/or visitors who present with flu-like symptoms will be required to wear a mask.

It is in the best interest of patients and staff to limit the presence of younger children in the hospital until further notice. Obviously, RCH will continue to see children whose parents’ have brought them in seeking medical attention.

Flu symptoms can include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.

Rochelle Community Hospital previously banned under 18-year-old visitors back in February because of a flu outbreak.

For more information about flu emergency warning signs in children and adults, when to seek treatment, how long you should stay home with the flu and precautions you can go here.

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