Influenza Season Declared in NY State. Visitation Guidelines In Place


The New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker has declared Influenza to be prevalent in New York State for the 2016-17 Influenza season. Visitation guidelines are now being implemented at Glens Falls Hospital to further protect patients from Influenza and other infectious diseases.

The restrictions include the following:

  • A maximum of two visitors will be permitted in a patient's room at any one time.
  • Children 12 and under will be prohibited from visiting patients' rooms, as they are more likely to have and transmit respiratory infections.
  • Visitors with rash, diarrhea or respiratory symptoms will be prohibited from visiting patients. These symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath.

Glens Falls Hospital is urging all visitors to use hand-washing stations before entering and upon leaving a patient's room. Hand sanitizers are available at entrances and at many other locations throughout the hospital, including the doorways of many patient rooms.

The guidelines were developed and temporarily implemented in previous years to address influenza outbreaks. These temporary restrictions are intended to help limit the transmission of the virus and protect the health and safety of patients and the professionals who provide their care during the outbreak.