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Sinai Health System Enacts Temporary Visitor Restrictions in Response to Influenza Activity in Illinois


March 26, 2019


In response to widespread influenza activity throughout the Chicago area and Illinois, Sinai Health System is enacting temporary visitor restrictions at its hospitals and clinics, including Mount Sinai Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital.

The Chicago Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have recommended that hospitals in the region implement these restrictions, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) comprehensive influenza prevention and control recommendations.

During this time of increased incidence of influenza-like illness in the community, temporary visitor restriction policies will include the following: 

  • No visitation by persons less than 16 years of age,
  • Limit number of visitors to two per patient at any one time,
  • Promote compliance with Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette,
  • Assessment of all visitors for symptoms of acute respiratory illness (fever, cough, sore throat),
  • Request that visitors with acute respiratory illness symptoms not visit, but if they insist, require a mask be worn, and 
  • Limit visits to patients in isolation for influenza to persons who are necessary for the patient’s emotional well-being and care.

Exemptions to these temporary visitor restrictions will be made at the discretion of the hospital’s Infection Prevention and Control departments for circumstances including, but not limited to, end-of-life situations. Sinai Health System will continue to implement these temporary visitor restriction policies until the IDPH determines that state influenza activity level falls to “Sporadic” activity level or below.

We will advise when the temporary restrictions are lifted.