• In an effort to prevent the spread of the influenza virus, Rome Memorial Hospital has issued temporary age restrictions on visitors. Effective immediately, only healthy adults, 18 years and older, will be allowed to visit patients in the hospital and the Residential Health Care Facility. Hospital administrators also ask that anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms to please not visit patients or residents.

    In addition, everyone entering the hospital is being asked to use hand sanitizer upon arrival and as they leave the building. Masks will be available at all entrances to the hospital for visitors who would like to use them as an extra precaution. The flu can be spread through the air by coughs and sneezes, and is also transferred from person to person on surfaces. Using good respiratory hygiene, like covering your cough and discarding used tissues immediately, can reduce transmission.

    It is important to know that the flu can be spread before symptoms even begin, so we ask that anyone who is not feeling well refrain from visiting.

    Visitors to the hospital’s maternity unit will be limited to the newborn’s parents, grandparents and birthing coaches. This is because newborns are at greater risk of complications from the flu.

    In addition, adults coming to the hospital and off campus facilities for testing or treatment are being asked to make arrangements for their children rather than have them accompany them to their appointments.

    Signs alerting hospital visitors to the restrictions will be posted at all entry points.

    The restrictions will remain in effect until further notice, according to Amy Carissimo-Harris, Director of Infection Prevention and Control. It is not too late to receive a flu vaccine. This can be done at most pharmacies or through your primary care physician.