Rochester Regional Health issued a restriction on Monday due to increased influenza in our area. Unity Hospital in Greece and Rochester General Hosptial currently have visitor restrictions in place.
Limiting the number of allowed visitors is part of an effort to reduce the transmission of the flu.
Visitors will be limited to no more than two people per patient at a time. RGH said visitors must be at least 14 years old.
RGH asks that visitors do not visit a patient if you feel you are ill or are experiencing symptoms including sore throat, fever, runny nose, coughing, sneezing or other flu-like symptoms – even if you have been vaccinated against the flu.
As of January 19, 2019, there have been 437 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu in Monroe County, with 72 requiring hospitalization, according to the Monroe County Department of Public Health.
The actual number is likely higher as physicians sometimes diagnose based upon symptoms, and do not confirm it with a laboratory test.
The flu typically begins to show up in October and can last through May, often peaking in January or February.