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Flu Season 2020 Visitor Restrictions

Because of a high level of concern for the health of our patients and staff, Garfield Medical Center is limiting visitor access during the flu season. (November 1 – April 30)

Visitor Guidelines

  • No visitors under the age of 16 are allowed in the hospitals unless they are a patient or parent of a patient (exceptions need to be cleared with the nursing supervisor).
  • Any visitors with fever, cough, or diarrhea should stay home.
  • Anyone coming into the hospitals with flu or cold symptoms will be required to wear a mask.
  • Visitors and patients should cover their cough (cough or sneeze into your sleeve)

Hand Hygiene

  • Visitors and patients should wash their hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Hand sanitizer is the preferred method unless otherwise indicated (look for a sign near the patient’s door)
  • Hand hygiene should be done before and after patient contact.

In the rare circumstances a visitor with influenza-like illness is permitted into the hospital, they will have to follow these rules: Wear a mask at all times while in the hospital, go directly to the patient’s room, and leave the hospital when the visit is complete.