SJHSSaint Joseph Health System (SJHS) has announced preventive steps to help curb the spread of the influenza viruses at its facilities as part of its commitment to the safety and well-being of its patients, residents, visitors and staff.

Effective immediately, the following visitation restrictions will be in place at the Mishawaka and Plymouth Medical Centers:

  • No one under the age of 18 will be permitted to visit patients and residents.
  • Only healthy adults will be allowed to visit.
  • Only two visitors will be allowed at a time.

SJHS asks that anyone with the flu or flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose, headache, body aches), in addition to anyone who has been exposed to someone with the flu or flu-like symptoms in the last five days, to please remain at home and take care of themselves.

SJHS apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause but feels it is important to take these preventive steps for the protection of all.

To help prevent the spread of the flu, SJHS recommends these tips:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner, especially after you cough or sneeze and before and after entering a patient room.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.