Update as of March 25, 2014: We have lifted the temporary visitation limitations at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. We will continue to monitor the influenza-like cases reported, but do not anticipate the need to activate visitation limitations again this season.
FALLS CHURCH, VA – (January 14, 2014) – Due to increased flu-like illness activity Inova Fair Oaks has instituted temporary changes to their visitation policy effective January 14, 2014.
These temporary measures apply to all visitors until further notice:
- No visitors under the age of 16
- No visitors with any symptoms of influenza-like illness
- Limit of two visitors at a time for each patient
- Visitors may be issued masks for use while visiting and asked to wash hands frequently
- For Women’s and Children’s, Adult Critical Care, and Oncology patients additional measures may apply
- A patient care companion is not a visitor, and is allowed to stay with the patient
“These temporary measures will help protect against influenza infection of the most vulnerable among us, including inpatients with compromised immune systems as well as our caregivers,” observed Loring Flint, MD, Inova’s Chief Medical Officer. “We appreciate everyone’s consideration and cooperation as we work together to assure the health and safety of our community during flu season.
If and when Inova Alexandria, Inova Fairfax, Inova Loudoun and Inova Mount Vernon hospitals experience the same increase in flu-like illness activity, they will also implement temporary visitation measures.
Inova is a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that serves more than 2 million people each year from throughout the Washington, DC, metro area and beyond. Inova is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient services and facilities, primary and specialty care practices, and health and wellness initiatives.
Inova encompasses the full array of health services, including the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). We are home to many nationally and internationally recognized programs, including Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI), and the Inova Dwight and Martha Schar Cancer Institute.
More information and statistics about Inova is at www.inova.org.