Important Flu Visitation Update for Patients and Visitors
Flu cases have spiked and we are making every effort to prevent its spread. For your safety, we are implementing the following visitation guidelines.
Updated Flu Visitation to Ensure Patient Safety:
Effective immediately and until further notice:
FOR UM HARFORD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
• Visiting hours are from 12 noon – 8 pm
• Any patients on isolation (Enhanced Droplet) are limited to one designated visitor (partner in care) for the duration of their stay. Visitors should call ahead to see if they are listed as an approved visitor. This is to prevent different people from possibly exposing the patient to new germs.
• Visitors with active ﬂu symptoms such as fever, runny nose, cough or sore throat are asked
not to visit.
• All other patients are limited to 2 visitors.
• All visitors must be over age 18 (unless they are parents of hospitalized children).
FOR UM UPPER CHESAPEAKE MEDICAL CENTER
- No one under the age of 18, unless they are a patient or the parent of a patient, is permitted to visit inpatient units within the medical center. Exceptions may be made for “compassionate care” visits.
- Only two (2) adult visitors allowed per patient at a time.
- Persons with outpatient or physician appointments are asked not to bring children under the age of 18 to the medical center unless the appointment is for the child.
- Visitors exhibiting flu symptoms including fever, runny nose, cough or sore throat are not permitted to visit patients in the hospital.
More About the Flu
• Inﬂuenza (ﬂu) is a viral infection of the lungs and airways that is spread from person to person through the air by coughing and sneezing. It is also spread by direct contact with infected people or contaminated objects like door handles or computer keyboards. We ask all visitors to use the alcohol-based hand sanitizers that are available around our campus.
• Flu and the common cold both have symptoms that affect the throat and nose, but ﬂu symptoms are usually more severe than cold symptoms. These symptoms include a high fever (over 100°F), stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, and cough. Other symptoms of ﬂu include headache,
tiredness, body aches, and chills.
• If you think you or someone in your family has the ﬂu, get plenty of rest at home; drink
ﬂuids like juice, water, or hot tea; and take an over-the-counter pain reliever for muscle
aches and fever.
For more information about the flu, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu.