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Due to Severity of Influenza Season, Dominican Hospital to Limit Visitors


Restrictions effective January 4, 2018

SANTA CRUZ, CA (January 3, 2018) – To limit exposure and spread of seasonal flu to patients, visitors, and staff, Dignity Health Dominican Hospital has implemented the following visitor restrictions.

Effective Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018:

  • All visitors must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Only one visitor per patient is allowed in the hospital at a time.
  • All visitors must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving a patient’s room.

Additionally, staff may require visitors to wear a mask. The hospital is asking anyone who is ill or has influenza-like symptoms not to visit at this time. Instead, please call the hospital and a message can be delivered to your loved one by staff.

By limiting the number of people in the hospital setting, Dominican is following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for reducing the spread of seasonal influenza. The restricted visitor policy will stay in effect during the peak flu season and will be lifted as soon as possible.

Hospital officials urge people of all ages with influenza-like symptoms to stay home and see their primary care physician. Symptoms include fever of 100 degrees F or greater, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, muscles aches, nausea, and vomiting.

About Dominican Hospital

Dignity Health Dominican Hospital has been caring for the Santa Cruz County community for 75 years. Dominican offers emergency services and is a Certified Stroke Center. Dominican’s services include the only comprehensive Cancer Center in Santa Cruz County, a Total Joint Replacement program, advanced neurological and endoscopic services, and an expert heart and vascular team treating some of the most complex cardiac cases in the Monterey Bay area. Dominican has received national recognition for superior patient safety, cardiac care, and stroke treatment from Healthgrades, a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Dominican also has received several awards for environmental excellence.


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