Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) says that it is restricting visitors to adults 18 years of age and older for both the Faxton and St. Luke’s Campuses as the organization is seeing an increase in patients with flu and flu-like symptoms. The restrictions will be in place until further notice. The organization is experiencing an increase in patients in both the Emergency Department and the inpatient setting with flu and flu-like symptoms. An additional visitor restriction has been put on the Maternity and Pediatric Departments, as these patients are at greater risk of complications due to the flu. Only parents, grandparents and birthing coaches may visit maternity and pediatrics at this time. We ask that if you are coming to visit a patient and feel ill with any type of upper respiratory problem that you stay at home and delay your visit to keep yourself and our patients and residents safe. The best protection against contracting influenza includes: • Frequent and thorough hand washing. • Covering all coughs and sneezes. If you don’t have a handkerchief or a tissue use the crook of your arm not your hand. • Staying home from work, school, or social events if you have a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and pains or other symptoms like nausea or vomiting sometimes associated with influenza. • Avoiding people exhibiting symptoms of a flu-like illness. If you have flu-like symptoms and they are severe and persistent you should contact your healthcare provider. Hospital officials advise against flooding Emergency Departments, Urgent Care offices and primary care providers’ offices at the first sign of a cold. FSLH practices “Respiratory Etiquette” in their Emergency Department, Urgent Care and Adirondack Community Physicians (ACP) Medical Offices. In each waiting area they have masks for patients to wear to cover their cough, tissues and hand sanitizer for good hand hygiene. They state that if you are coming to seek treatment and have any flu-like symptoms with upper respiratory problems, you will be asked to wear a mask and may be isolated from other patients.