Riverside issues visitor precautions

Press Release

Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. is issuing the following precautionary measures to the public to help reduce the spread of infectious diseases.
The public must not visit if they are experiencing any ’flu-like symptoms, including fever, a new or worse cough, unexplained shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Anyone entering the hospitals in Fort Frances, Emo, and Rainy River must stop at the information desks to self-screen and wash their hands before proceeding to the reception area.
To self-screen, you must answer the following questions:
•Do you have a new or worse cough, or shortness of breath?
•Are you feeling feverish?
Anyone who answers “yes” to the first question will be required to put on a mask and perform hand hygiene.
Those answering “yes” to both questions are asked to inform the receptionist or nurse right away.
No one under the age of 18 should visit at the hospital.
No escorts will be permitted with patients reporting to the emergency department unless they are a child or require assistance.
If you have symptoms, you must wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
Cough into a tissue or your arm/sleeve (not your hand).
Minimize contact with family members and do not go into public places.
Do not go to work until symptoms have resolved.
“Riverside is keeping patient safety at the forefront during ’flu season,” said occupational health co-ordinator Jodi Jewell.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and keep the public informed,” she stressed.
For more information, contact Jewell at 274-4835 or Lori Maki, vice-president of clinical services, at 274-4824.