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River Falls Area Hospital to limit visits due to H1N1

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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Allina Hospitals & Clinics, which includes the River Falls Area Hospital, will implement new restrictions on all visitors to patients due to the H1N1 virus.

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These new restrictions are in addition to those that went into effect on Oct. 17 for the River Falls Area Hospital's birth center.

The new visitor rules will take effect today (Monday, Nov. 2).

New restrictions include:

  • General visiting hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Birth Center visiting hours remain 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) Spouse (or parent, if patient is a child) may visit at any time
  • Visitors must be at least 16-years-old for non-immediate family
  • No children under 5 may visit
  • Siblings/children of patient, ages 5 and older, may visit with adult supervision
  • Maximum of three visitors per patient at a time
  • Compassionate exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis
  • All visitors to the River Falls Area Hospital will be asked to sign in and complete a Wellness Screening prior to visiting patients.

    Those who exhibit flu like symptoms will not be allowed to visit patients. This is to protect patients who are the most vulnerable to the H1N1 virus.

    Visitors to other parts of the hospitals will not be required to sign in or be screened.

    Signs will be displayed throughout the hospital announcing the policy and asking visitors not to try to visit patients if they have flu-like symptoms.

    According to a press release from the hospital,"The limits are designed to limit patient and staff exposure to possible H1N1 infection. While we wait for broader distribution of the H1N1 vaccine, our primary defense against the flu is prevention and the new visitor policy is an additional tool to prevent exposure of our patients to the virus."

    Detailed information about the new Allina visitor policy is available online at Allina.com/flu. Allina Twitters H1N1 news at @AllinaH1N1 and the latest Allina news is available on line at AllinaNews.com.

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