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.

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About Inova
Inova is a not-for-profit health care system located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, serving over two million people with over 1,700 licensed beds based in Northern Virginia. Inova consists of five hospitals including the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care unit. Inova encompasses many health services including the nationally and internationally recognized Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI) on genomics, Inova Neuroscience Institute and Inova Children’s Hospital. Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. More information and statistics about Inova is at www.inova.org.