Winona Health has lifted its visitor restrictions. The limitations, which were put in place to minimize patients' and residents' potential exposure to the influenza virus, went into effect at the hospital and Lake Winona, Adith Miller and Roger Metz manors on January 7. Since then, visitors in those areas were limited to immediate family only.
Spokesperson Sara Gabrick says the level of influenza has moved from wide-spread to regional. The Winona area isn't completely flu-free; however, the peak has passed in our area at least for the time being.
Although visitor limitations have been lifted, healthcare providers at Winona Health continue to advise those who are sick or experiencing any type of influenza-like symptoms to refrain from visiting hospitalized friends and family or visiting Lake Winona, Adith Miller and Roger Metz manors.
Patients and family members coming to the clinic for appointments who are coughing, sneezing or seeking care for respiratory symptoms are still encouraged to wear a mask. Masks are available at the hospital and clinic main entrances.