April 19, 2019
TEMPORARY INFLUENZA RESTRICTIONS AT THEDACARE SET TO BE LIFTED
Visitors Still Encouraged to Mask & Wash Hands
APPLETON, Wis. – Due to the declining number of influenza cases, ThedaCare leadership announces that on Friday, April 19, it will lift the temporary restriction placed in early February not allowing children under the age of 12 to visit patients in all seven ThedaCare hospitals. All hospital visitors are still highly encouraged to wear masks and wash their hands when entering the facilities.
“We appreciate the support from patients, families and visitors,” said Dr. Jennifer Frank, Chief Medical Officer of the ThedaCare Clinically Integrated Network. “The precautions that were taken were important in the prevention of spreading the influenza virus.”
ThedaCare implemented the temporary restriction at hospitals in Appleton, Neenah, Shawano, New London, Waupaca, Berlin and Wild Rose.
ThedaCare continues to encourage the community to protect hospitalized patients from exposure to flu-like illnesses by not visiting unless necessary. When family and friends visit, they are encouraged to wear masks and sanitize their hands before entering the room and when leaving.
Getting vaccinated and washing your hands are easy ways to fight the illness. Other simple tips to staying healthy include getting enough rest, eating right, and covering your cough.
For more than 110 years, ThedaCare® has been committed to finding a better way to deliver serious and complex healthcare to patients throughout Northeast and Central Wisconsin. The organization serves a community of more than 600,000 residents and employs more than 6,700 healthcare professionals throughout the regions. ThedaCare has seven hospitals located in Appleton, Neenah, Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano, New London and Wild Rose as well as 31 clinics in nine counties. ThedaCare is the first in Wisconsin to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network Member, giving our specialists the ability to consult with Mayo Clinic experts on a patient’s care. ThedaCare is a non-profit healthcare organization with a level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac programs as well as a foundation dedicated to community service.
Media should call Cassandra Wallace, Public Relations Specialist at 920.442.0328 or the ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah switchboard at 920.729.3100 and ask for the marketing person on call.