For the protection of patients and their families during this time of increased flu activity, a temporary visitor restriction policy is now in effect at hospitals managed by Southern Illinois Healthcare.
The policy is being enforced at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Herrin Hospital and St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro. The decision comes on the heels of a recommendation from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
At present, visitation is restricted to individuals ages 18 and older...and each patient is limited to two visitors at a time.
Friends and loved ones with flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, stuffy nose, sore throat and/or body aches, are asked to refrain from visiting.