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SBL Implements Temporary Visitor Restrictions

January 4, 2024 12:40 p.m.

Sarah Bush Lincoln has issued temporary visitor restrictions due to the surging rate of influenza and other respiratory illnesses locally and across the state.

The temporary visitor restrictions include:

· Visitors under the age of 16 are restricted (unless they are the parent of a hospitalized child)

· Visitors limited to two per patient at any one time

· Please do not visit if you have a respiratory illness

· Visitors are encouraged to wear a mask if they are experiencing symptoms of acute respiratory illness (fever, cough, sore throat)

· Visits to patients in isolation for influenza and other respiratory illnesses are limited to persons who are necessary for the patient’s emotional well-being and care. These visitors should also wear the appropriate personal protective equipment supplied for the isolation rooms while visiting.

Sarah Bush Lincoln highly encourages people to protect their health and the health of SBL patients by staying home if they are not feeling well. Children and older adults and those whose immune systems are compromised are most at risk for becoming ill.

At each entrance of the Health Center and at all of SBL clinics, there are supplies to use to protect yourself and others from viruses. Please feel free to use the tissue, wipes and masks in an effort to help contain any virus you may have or from being exposed to it.

Hand sanitizer is available inside each patient room. Visitors are asked to use it as they enter and exit the room in a greater effort to protect the patient and themselves. Hand hygiene with soap and water or hand sanitizer are both good options. One is not preferred over the other unless hands are visibly soiled with blood and body fluids – and then soap and water is needed.

Ways to protect yourself:

  • Cover your cough.
  • Wash your hands with soapy water for at least 20 seconds.  
  • Use a paper towel to dry your hands. (Air dryers help grow bacteria and spread germs.)
  • Clean surfaces in your home and at work, cleaning doorknobs, chair arms, telephones, keyboards, kitchen handles and other items that are often touched.
  • Get vaccinated against the flu and COVID-19.

For more information, contact Mara Hildebrand, RN, in Infection Prevention at 217 238-7435.