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The recent flu outbreak has not prompted Kirby Medical Center to limit visitors, but the facility is taking precautions.
"If you visit a patient a patient with flu-like symptoms, they will be on isolation precautions," said Gayla Hislope, Kirby's Director of Risk Management and Human Resources said Monday. "You will be asked to wear a mask."
She added that Kirby staff have been trained to follow strict procedures to limit the spread of the flu, and that as visitors enter the ER, therapy, and KMG clinics there are kiosks that contain hygiene products, masks and tissues.
If those waiting to see a doctor are showing flu-like symptoms, Hislope said they are being asked to don a mask and may be asked to sit in an area away from other patients until they can be seen by Kirby health care staff.
In Urbana, Provena Covenant Medical Center is limiting patients to two visitors at a time. In addition, those under 18 – even family members – cannot visit while the restriction is in place.
Carle Foundation Hospital, also in Urbana, has begun limiting visitors only in its neonatal intensive care unit, labor and delivery and post-partum units.
"Obviously with the babies, they're the most high-risk," said Carle spokeswoman Kelli Anderson.
Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville is also limiting visitors to no more than two at a time, and similar policies have also gone into effect at Gibson Community Hospital.
The Provena hospitals said their recommendations for visitor limits are based on recommendations from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.