Posted at 2 p.m. on January 4, 2020 The Brillion News Visitor restrictions are now in place at all Hospital Sisters Health System hospitals in eastern Wisconsin as a response to the increase of flu cases. Hospitals affected by the restrictions are St. Mary and St. Vincent in Green Bay, St. Nicholas in Sheboygan and St. Clare Memorial in Oconto Falls. Restrictions announced are: > No visitors under the age of 12 in inpatient areas > No visitors of any age with flu-like symptoms including fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, fever, vomiting or diarrhea The hospitals want to limit the number of healthy visitors to one or two per patient at a given time. These restrictions and guidelines are not in place for a pediatric patient coming to a hospital for an outpatient appointment. While these restrictions are not vastly different than existing infection prevention restrictions for visitors, the high numbers of influenza cases in area communities (including those people requiring hospitalization) have prompted the hospital group to temporarily put these restrictions in place. HSHS will send out a notification once these have been lifted. These restrictions are in place to help keep patients safe and help prevent the spread of germs, the hospitals said. The HSHS also said: > It is not too late to get a flu shot > Washing your hands frequently is one of the best ways to avoid the flu There may be exceptions based on special patient needs that allow families to be with their loved ones. These cases can be discussed with each individual patient’s care team.
Dec. 19, 2019
By David Nordby
The Brillion News
BRILLION – When a fire broke out in the Brillion mobile home park this past spring, Jacqueline Alvarez was ready to help.
“I was outside when the fire was happening. I knew the family didn’t speak much English and I didn’t see their kids around to help. So, I approached the chief (Joe Diener) and asked if he wanted my help to communicate with the family,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez is a 2017 Brillion High School graduate. She was recognized for her work with the department with a special recognition award at the fire department’s recent annual party.
Alvarez says the night of the fire was stressful because of the chaos going on but translating is something she is accustomed to.
“I believe someone’s least concern should be how they should communicate it to the family who was affected by this,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez is fluent in both English and Spanish, and has been for years.
The complete story is available in the Dec. 19, 2019 print edition of The Brillion News.
Posted at 1 p.m. on December 16, 2019 Temporary child visitor restriction at Children’s Hospitals The Brillion News NEENAH – To protect the health of the kids and families we serve, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will be implementing visitor restrictions at both the Milwaukee and Fox Valley hospitals, as well as the Surgicenter in Milwaukee for the remainder of this flu season. Children under the age of 12 years will not be allowed to visit any patient who is hospitalized. (See complete story in the December 19 print edition of THE BRILLION NEWS.) ~ Sources: Children’s Wisconsin, State DHS, CDC