With the traditional flu season still underway on the Delmarva Peninsula, Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) is asking members of the community, as it does every year, to please remember the important role they play in protecting both patients and other visitors and hospital staff from contracting or spreading the flu virus.

As a precaution and to be proactive, PRMC is asking anyone with a cold, cough, fever or other flu-like symptoms to please remain at home and not visit patients. Additionally, and for the immediate future, the Medical Center is restricting children under the age of 12 from visiting its Special Care Nursery, Pediatrics, surgical floors and general recovery floors. Siblings under 12 may visit PRMC’s Mother-Baby unit after a screening by the patient's nurse; for babies' safety, children with upper respiratory infections will not be permitted to visit.

“Everyone understands this may cause an inconvenience, but we must continuously safeguard everyone visiting here or staying with us for care,” said Karen Mihalik, RN, Infection Preventionist. “That includes taking extra precautions to protect our young visitors themselves from possibly contracting or spreading a virus at Peninsula Regional.  This is a common, yearly practice for us during the Delmarva flu season.”

During the flu season, visitation may be further limited throughout the entire Medical Center depending upon the level of flu activity occurring in the community or within the facility. “We welcome visitors and

understand their importance in the recovery of friends and loved ones, but we will take all necessary steps to prevent the contracting or spreading of viruses,” added Mihalik.

Anyone experiencing any emergency-related healthcare need is encouraged to visit the PRMC Emergency Department for care.  If non-emergent, please see your family doctor or visit any local urgent care walk-in facility.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center expects these restrictions to be in place through March, and will keep Delmarva residents updated on any changes in visitation during the current flu season.