COSHOCTON -- When the intensity of this year's influenza season was first felt in Coshocton County, Coshocton Hospital put visitation restrictions are in place to protect patients who were most susceptible to experiencing complications from the flu. The restriction limited visitors to family members only, age 18 years and older. Since there have been no recent cases that have tested positive for the influenza virus, the hospital will lift the visitor restrictions, effective April 1.

While the influenza season appears to be over, Coshocton Hospital Infection Preventionist Kathy Reed, RN, CIC, warns that proper precautions should always be taken when visiting patients in the hospital.

"It's important to help prevent the spread of infection or illness to a patient whose health is already compromised," said Reed. "We recommend proper hand-washing or the use of alcohol-based gel and making the choice not to visit patients if you are sick."

Reed also recommends that we remember the severity of this year's influenza season and get your flu shot when next season's vaccine is available in the fall.