Schneck sets visitor limits

A recent spike in flu cases has prompted Schneck Medical Center in Seymour to impose visitor restrictions, which began Monday.

Stacy East, an infection preventionist, reported Friday that the Seymour hospital has handled between 70 and 75 cases of influenza at its main campus over the last two and a half weeks with a majority of those cases arising in the last week and a half. East said those numbers include both types A and B cases.

The restrictions require visitors to be 18 years or older and limit the number of visitors to a patient’s room to three at a time. Visits are limited to family members and significant others.

“We ask if you have any of the flu-like symptoms, you refrain from visiting patients,” she said.

Other hospitals in Indiana have taken similar measures as flu activity increases across the state and country.

However, no visitor restrictions have been imposed at Columbus Regional Hospital, whose infection specialists are expecting flu numbers to peak soon and begin to see a gradual decline in local cases based on state data, spokeswoman Kelsey DeClue said.

Symptoms of the flu include fever of more than 100 degrees, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, runny nose, chills, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea.

At a glance

Schneck has imposed restrictions on visitors that will take effect Monday.

  • Visitors must be 18 years of age or older
  • Visitors must be family or significant others
  • No more than three visitors in a patient’s room at a time
  • Do not visit the hospital if you have any flu-like symptoms

Symptoms of the flu

Fever of more than 100 degrees, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, runny nose, chills, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea

On the Web

For information about the flu, visit in.gov/isdh/25462.htm.