For Immediate Release: January 17, 2018

AtlantiCare enhances visitor restrictions, urges precautions to protect patients, visitors,
providers, and staff from Flu

AtlantiCare enhanced its visitor restrictions at its hospital campuses January 17 to protect patients, visitors, providers and staff from Flu. It is also encouraging those visiting sites throughout AtlantiCare practice Flu-precautions.Hospital visiting restrictions include

Restricting visitors to hospital campuses to those 14 years and older and asking visitors experiencing Flu-like symptoms not to enter the hospital campuses. This includes having a fever of 100 degrees or more and one or more of the following symptoms

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

AtlantiCare has also seen an increase in the number patients experiencing Flu-like symptoms at its Primary and Urgent Care locations in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, and Ocean counties. “We have also seen an increase in these patients in hospital campuses in Atlantic City and Pomona and our Satellite Emergency Department in Hammonton, including the number of patients who need to be admitted for inpatient care,” said Gemma Downham, Infection Prevention Manager, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. “The increase across these care areas is significantly higher than what we experienced in January of 2017.”

AtlantiCare is  reminding patients of, and those accompanying them to any of its hospital, or primary, ambulatory, and/or specialty care locations, behavioral health, clinical laboratory, surgery centers, and other areas throughout system who are experiencing Flu-like symptoms to wear a mask in waiting and public areas.

“We recognize that family members play a key role in caring for loved ones,” said Downham. “If you are experiencing Flu-like symptoms and you normally accompany a family member to one of our Cancer Care Institute locations, for dialysis in our hospital, or for other care, asking a friend or another family member to do so for you would be a better alternative,” said Downham. 

Downham encouraged those experiencing Flu-like symptoms or their caregivers, to consult with their primary care or urgent care provider first, rather than going to an emergency department. “The exception would be for children under the age of five, adults over the age of 65, and those with chronic conditions or other health issues that could put them at additional risk for Flu complications,” said Downham. She added AtlantiCare continues encourage the community to take precautions against Flu, by

  • Getting a Flu vaccination
  • Covering coughs and sneezes
  • Washing hands often
  • Staying home if you are sick and avoiding others who are sick

For more information about accessing care and/or scheduling appointments, the community can call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. To reach AtlantiCare Urgent Care sites directly, call 609-407-CARE (2273).


AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,800 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 90 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.

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