Visitor restrictions at area hospitals continue through March 15

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Visitor restrictions at area hospitals are being enforced until March 15.

Officials with the Greater Cincinnati Health Council say while illness due to H1N1 has waned, seasonal flu-like respiratory illnesses that typically impact the Tri-State during winter necessitate hospitals to continue to enforce the restrictions.

The restrictions include:

  • No visitation by anyone who is ill with any respiratory symptoms including coughing or fever, etc.
  • No visitation by anyone under age 14

The limited visitation policies aim to minimize the spread of respiratory illnesses to health care workers, and especially to hospital patients.

Officials say by March 15, flu season is generally behind us.

"If you are sick, please use good common sense to prevent the spread of germs that may make other sick," said Tonda Francis, vice president of the Greater Cincinnati Health Council. "If you have a fever, cough or other respiratory illness, don't visit patients or nursing homes. The best precaution is to just stay home."

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