Flu Update: Visitor Restrictions Imposed at Good Shepherd and Other Area Hospitals10/26/2009
LEHIGH VALLEY, PA - Due to a community-wide surge in influenza-like (flu-like) illness as evident in hospital emergency departments and physicians’ offices, hospitals/health systems in the Lehigh Valley, including Good Shepherd, have agreed to a uniform hospital visitation policy as follows until further notice:
• No visitors 18 years of age and under
• No visitors with any symptoms of flu-like illness
The new restrictions are effective immediately and are designed to protect all of the hospitals’ patients and staff.
All area hospitals, the Allentown and Bethlehem health bureaus and the Lehigh and Northampton county emergency preparedness offices support implementation of the visitation restrictions, which apply to the following:
• Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital
• Easton Hospital
• Lehigh Valley Health Network
• Sacred Heart Hospital
• St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network
All of the above health care providers would greatly appreciate the cooperation of the community as well as physicians, nurses and staff in helping to comply with the new restrictions to limit the spread of flu-like illness and keep the community healthy.
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