As flu risk wanes, hospitals lift temporary visitor guidelines

wash hands to prevent spreading illnessCarle Foundation and Carle Hoopeston Regional hospitals lifted temporary visitor guidelines because the number of people getting sick from the flu dropped in this region.

Carle follows guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health, which advised hospitals to limit visitors to protect patients on January 20 when the state saw an increase in influenza-related illnesses.

Once a community’s influenza rate is below 1.9 percent, hospitals may lift visitor limits. 

“While the timing of flu season was about average this year, Carle did see a higher number of ICU (intensive care unit) admissions for influenza, along with higher numbers of hospital admissions for a mix of other respiratory illnesses including RSV,” said Taffy Creviston, MPH, senior infection preventionist for Carle.  

“Even though fewer people have influenza at this point, it’s always important to cover a cough and wash hands frequently.”