Tips to prevent spread of germs

To slow the spread of flu-like illness in our community, Harney District Hospital (HDH) will implement Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for its visitor policy. These recommendations include:

• All visitors must check in at the admitting desk;

• Patients may receive visits from immediate family members only;

• Those under 18 years of age may not visit patients or staff.

Those under 18 years of age are specifically noted simply because they transfer illness more easily than adults. In fact, children are often contagious for a longer period of time and may have no evidence of symptoms.

To prevent the spread of viruses at Harney District Hospital, hand-wash stations are available at hospital entrances for use by all who enter the building. In addition, masks will be available for use by patients with flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. These masks will decrease the risk that the virus will spread to others.

It is important to note that simple actions will prevent the spread of germs that cause illness like influenza. These include:

• Getting yourself and family members vaccinated.

• Staying home from school or work, and avoiding contact with others if you do become sick with a flu-like illness. Avoiding visit HDH patients while you are ill.

• Washing hands often with soap and water.

• Covering your coughs and sneezes to prevent the spread of germs.

• Avoiding close contact (within six feet) with sick people.

• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces at home, work or school.

While influenza can cause mild to severe illness, it is important to note that most people with the flu virus will recover without needing medical treatment, and their symptoms will resolve with plenty of fluids and rest.

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