Fredericksburg – Due to the high levels of flu in our community, at Stafford Hospital and Mary Washington Hospital, MWHC has changed the flu level alert from yellow to red as of January 30, 2018.

Flu Level Alert Red means that we are asking that only spouses, significant others, parents, or direct caregivers come to the hospital for patient visits and only two per patient at any one time, in order to reduce the spread of the virus. Although visitors under the age of 18 are not recommended, children may be allowed in special circumstances. Anyone with symptoms of influenza-like illnesses should not visit the hospital and visitors may be issued masks or other protective clothing if necessary.

Some Mary Washington or Stafford Hospital Associates may be wearing masks in the hospital or administrative areas. These Associates have opted out of a flu shot, so for their protection as well as those around them, they wear the mask as a safeguard.

General guidance for reducing the chance of contracting influenza is to get a flu shot and wash hands frequently.