Samaritan Urges Sick Visitors To Stay HomePosted: Updated:
If you're planning on visiting a patient at Samaritan Medical Center or any of its facilities, make sure you're healthy.
SMC is urging sick visitors to stay home. Officials sited a significant increase in people having the flu and norovirus (stomach bug).
“Keeping our patients and residents from acquiring further illness from the flu or stomach bug is our priority. These are highly contagious illnesses and can be life threatening. We are urging anyone who has any signs of illness, especially if they have tested positive for the flu or norovirus, to stay at home until they are well. This protects our patients, residents and staff from potential exposure and illness,” said Karen Abare, director of Infection Prevention at Samaritan Medical Center.
Many residents and patients already have compromised immune systems that cannot fight off viruses. Both the flu and norovirus are extremely contagious, even to those who are healthy.
The hospital has posted signs at entrances to remind visitors of this request.