Genesis Hospital Experiencing High Flu Volumes
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Zanesville, Ohio (March 12, 2019) – In response to the high incidence of flu in our area, Genesis HealthCare System is requesting the support of the community to protect patients and help prevent the spread of flu.
Hospital-wide visitation limitations
Visitation is limited in all areas of the hospital to:
Individuals age 18 and older
Immediate family only
Two visitors per patient
Those free of flu symptoms including cough, fever, sore throat, body aches and vomiting
Flu symptoms last three to seven days. Most people can recover at home without medical care. However, if there are emergency warning signs of flu in children or adults as outlined below, go to the Emergency Department immediately. People with mild flu symptoms are advised to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations: stay home and call their physician if there are concerns about a risk of complications. If community members come to the hospital and are not sick with the flu, they may run the risk of catching it.
When you should go to the hospital
Emergency warning signs in children include fast breathing or trouble breathing; bluish skin color; not drinking enough fluids; not waking up or not interacting; being so irritable that the child does not want to be held; flu-like symptoms improve, but then return with fever and worse cough; or fever with a rash.
Emergency warning signs in adults include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen; sudden dizziness; confusion; or severe or persistent vomiting.