At the recommendation of the South Carolina Department of Public Health, Colleton Medical Center is implementing temporary visitor restrictions at the hospital effective immediately. The recommendation is in response to state influenza activity level, which is currently listed as “widespread.”
Under the temporary restrictions:
• No visitors with flu-like symptoms.
• Children under 12 will not be allowed in patient rooms. Children are welcome to wait in our main lobby with adult supervision.
• Only two visitors per patient allowed.
• For visitors to the nursery: Only mother, banded partner and siblings 12 and over. Only two visitors at a time.
• Remember to cover any cough or sneeze and wash your hands frequently.
“The restrictions are intended to protect our patients and staff and to prevent and control the spread of illness within the community,” explained Jimmy Hiott, CEO at Colleton Medical Center. “We ask that visitors be limited to those who are essential for the well-being of the patient. Anyone who is sick is strongly encouraged to stay home and refrain from visiting patients in the hospital.”
Signs and symptoms of the flu include fever or feeling feverish, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and possibly vomiting and diarrhea. Those at high risk for developing flu-related complications include children younger than five (especially those younger than two), adults 65 and older, and pregnant women.
The visitor restrictions are expected to remain in place at Colleton Medical Center until the state influenza activity level falls to the “sporadic” activity level or below.