An increase in the number of influenza cases has led to restricted visitation at more hospitals and clinics. As of Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, VA Medical Centers in southern West Virginia are limiting visits. This comes just days after similar action was taken at Princeton Community Hospital.
Precautions are being taken at the Beckley VA Medical Center and the community clinics in Lewisburg and Princeton.
According to a release from the VA, the restrictions at the hospital in Beckley cover the Community Living Center floor, Hospice, Medical-Surgical Ward (3B) and ICU. Limits in place include no more than two visitors per veteran and visitors must be at least 14-years-old.
Visitors who have a fever, cough, body aches or a sore throat are asked to postpone their visit until the symptoms are gone for 24 hours without the benefit of aspirin, Tylenol or Motrin. This includes anyone who has had these symptoms within the last four days.
The charge nurse is authorized to assess situations on a case-by-case basis if there are extenuating circumstances and a visit is necessary. Staff members who choose not to vaccinate must wear a mask when near patients and other employees.