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News Release, Calvert Health

As we enter the peak of influenza (flu) season, the rates are high and widespread throughout Maryland. CalvertHealth Medical Center (CHMC) is seeing a heavy volume of Emergency Room visits and admissions associated with the flu, particularly among children.

To limit the potential spread of influenza within the medical center and among patients, CHMC is limiting the visitation of children age 13 and under and those visiting that are experiencing cold/flu-like symptoms.

To protect patients and prevent the spread of influenza:

  • The first and best way to protect against the flu is to get a yearly vaccine for everyone in your household.
  • Wash your hands before and after visiting. Hand-sanitizing and masking stations are located at all entrances and on each patient floor.
  • The use of masks will be encouraged for patients with flu-like symptoms.
  • Do not visit if you are currently experiencing cold/flu-like symptoms or if you have recently been ill.
  • No children age 13 and under may visit at this time.

Visitors experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms should also refrain from attending classes offered at CHMC. Classes or groups that involve children age 13 and under may be relocated, postponed or canceled during this time. For up-to-date information on course, offerings visit CalvertHealthMedicine.org/Classes or call 410.535.8233.

CalvertHealth acknowledges that this policy may cause some inconvenience for many patients and their family members; however, patient safety and the overall health of the community is the health system’s primary concern.

Click here for more information on how to protect yourself and your loved ones. There are several resources available through the Calvert County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control about the flu and how to keep you and your family healthy this season. Go to the link below for more.

Calvert County Health Department: https://www.calverthealth.org/healthupdates/flumicro.htm


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David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...