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Winona Health lifts visitor limitations


Wed, Feb 20th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Winona Health’s visitor limitations have been lifted. The limitations, which were put in place to minimize patients’ and residents’ potential exposure to the influenza virus, went into effect at the hospital and Lake Winona, Adith Miller and Roger Metz manors on January 7. Since then, visitors in those areas were limited to immediate family only.



“The level of influenza has moved from wide-spread to regional,” said Sara Gabrick, administrator, Surgical and Specialty Care Services. “The Winona area isn’t completely flu-free; however, the peak has passed in our area at least for the time being.”



Although visitor limitations have been lifted, healthcare providers at Winona Health continue to advise those who are sick or experiencing any type of influenza-like symptoms to refrain from visiting hospitalized friends and family or visiting Lake Winona, Adith Miller and Roger Metz manors.



Patients and family members coming to the clinic for appointments who are coughing, sneezing or seeking care for respiratory symptoms are still encouraged to wear a mask. Masks are available at the hospital and clinic main entrances.



As always, Winona Health encourages individuals to adopt these simple practices to help limit spread of the flu virus:

· Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Then throw the tissue away. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve rather than into your hands.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.



If you have additional questions about the flu, contact your primary healthcare provider or the Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic at 420 E. Sarnia. Winona Health’s Urgent Care Clinic is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To check current Urgent Care wait times, visit: www.winonahealth.org/uc.

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