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Local hospitals set visitation guidelines during flu season
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To protect their patients, family members, guests and employees, Memorial Health and St. Joseph's/Candler hospitals in Savannah are changing their visitation policies during flu season 

The revised visitation guidelines will now be in effect at Memorial:

* Individuals who are experiencing cold symptoms should not enter patient care areas at Memorial. All visitors should be healthy. No one with flu-like symptoms will be permitted in patient rooms. Flu-like symptoms include fever, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, or upset stomach.

* Anyone coming into the hospital with flu or cold symptoms should wear a mask. Masks will be available for those who need them.

* Family members and guests 18 years of age and under will not be allowed to visit patients. Special consideration for sibling visits will be considered on a case-by-case basis, if there are no symptoms.

Here are the visitor restrictions for St. Joseph’s/Candler:

* Do not visit any St. Joseph’s/Candler patient if you have any signs or symptoms of influenza. 

* Children under the age of 18 are not permitted to visit any patients at St. Joseph’s/Candler.

* Those under the age of 18 cannot visit patients at the Telfair Birthplace at Candler Hospital unless they are the primary caretaker. 

* Only children seeking treatment should come to the hospitals.

* Children under the age of 18 are not permitted to wait for family in any waiting area.

* Patients can only receive two visitors at a time, except the Emergency Department where one visitor is allowed.

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