As you’ve probably heard, flu season is off to an early and particularly strong start in our region. In the best interest of our patients and community, visitor restrictions will begin Thursday, Jan. 4 at both Elkhart General and Memorial.

Both hospitals will limit patients to no more than two adult visitors per patient. We are also restricting children under the age of 18 until further notice.

The restrictions are the same for both Elkhart General and Memorial to help minimize the spread of the flu and protect our patients, staff and visitors.

Associates are encouraged to stay home until you have been symptom free for 24 hours. And we strongly encourage community residents to get vaccinated if they have not already, since flu season usually continues through March. 

In addition to vaccination, here are some other ways to help prevent the flu:

Contain the illness by keeping sick people away from others. Stay home if you are sick, or wear a mask or cover your mouth with a scarf if you leave home.

Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water after every cough or sneeze and periodically throughout the day.

Keep your environment clean. Sanitize frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, remote controls and phones or tablets.

Follow a healthy lifestyle: maintain a good diet, get adequate rest, don’t smoke, and take care of any other medical problems you may have.

Thanks for everything you do to keep our patients healthy.