With confirmed flu cases continuing to climb in Greene County, our local healthcare community has opted to implement visitor restrictions to hospital facilities in our area.
Children ages 14 and under not seeking medical treatment will not be permitted to visit patients in Mercy or CoxHealth hospitals until further notice, beginning today, Thursday, December 28.
We are asking children not visit for the protection of our patients, hospital staff and the children themselves. Children under the age of 14 tend to have a high rate of flu illness.
For the week of December 17-23, 241 people had lab-confirmed flu in Greene County. That’s up from 84 cases reported during the previous week. A full breakdown of flu cases, including age ranges and types, is available at health.springfieldmo.gov/flu
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 3 steps to fighting flu:
A few reminders about getting vaccinated: