During flu season, JRMC would like to remind community members not to visit JRMC patients if they are experiencing flu symptoms. For the health and safety of JRMC patients, all persons with elevated temperatures, colds, flu and/or other infections or contagious diseases are requested not to visit until free of symptoms.
Hospital visits should be postponed if visitors are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever 100.5 degrees or higher, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, vomiting or diarrhea. JRMC asks those who have recently experienced these symptoms not to visit the hospital until they have been free of them for 48 hours.
Erin Bolton, JRMC’s Regulatory Specialist, said the main way people can avoid getting and spreading the flu is by washing their hands. Bolton advises everyone to wash their hands any time they think about it and especially after using the restroom and before and after eating. She said that patting someone on the back or bumping elbows instead of shaking hands can help avoid the spread of the flu. She also said to avoid people who are sick, and cough or sneeze in the elbow rather than hands.