These visitor limitations are in place to minimize patients' and residents' potential exposure to the influenza virus. In addition, family members who are coughing or showing other respiratory symptoms also are asked not to visit their relatives in the hospital or nursing home.
Patients and family members coming to the clinic for appointments who are coughing, sneezing or seeking care for respiratory symptoms are still being asked to wear a mask. Masks are available at the hospital and clinic main entrances.
Healthcare providers at Winona Health encourage individuals to adopt these simple practices to help limit the spread of the flu virus: cover your mouth nd nose with a tissue...wash your hands often with soap and water...and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.