In light of Governor Cuomo’s recent declaration of an influenza public health emergency, Brooks Memorial Hospital has enhanced its infection prevention precautions due to the severity of local flu activity.
At this time, Brooks requests that visitors LIMIT their exposure here, and to NOT visit if they feel ill.
All visitors should be mindful of and strictly adhere to precautions noted on the bright orange DROPLET ISOLATION signage on the floors. In addition to standard precautions, droplet precaution areas require EVERYONE to wash their hands, wear a gown, gloves and mask to prevent diseases or germs that are spread in tiny droplets caused by coughing and sneezing.
According to Lisa Maslak, Brooks’ Director of Infection Control, “Under normal circumstances, we place a high value on the presence of family and friends to provide emotional support and comfort as part of our patients’ recovery process. However, due to the severity of flu season at this time, visitors can help us meet the healthcare needs of their loved one by staying home if they feel ill, not bringing children, and limiting to two at a time.”
Those in our community SEEKING TREATMENT for flu-like symptoms are asked to wear a mask upon arrival so as to NOT expose others to illness. Masks and hand sanitizers are available at all hospital entrances.
For more information on Governor Cuomo’s executive order to combat widespread flu epidemic in New York, visit https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-signs-executive-order-combat-widespread-flu-epidemic-new-york. For tips on how to take action to help prevent the spread of flu, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.
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