Temporary visitor limitations at the hospital due to influenza

Winona Health has implemented temporary visitor limitations at the hospital due to an uptick in influenza cases in the community and throughout the state. Visitors are limited to immediate family only in the hospital until further notice. In addition, family members who are coughing or showing other respiratory symptoms also are asked not to visit.

Patients and family members coming to the clinic for appointments who are coughing, sneezing or seeking care for respiratory symptoms are asked to wear a mask. Masks are available at all Winona Health’s main entrances.

Winona Health encourages everyone to adopt these simple practices to help limit spread of the flu virus:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Then throw the tissue away. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve rather than into your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of the flu, Winona Health has the following resources available to you:

Winona Clinic:  Pediatrics 507.457.7606; Family Medicine 507.457.7648

Urgent Care located at 420 E. Sarnia St., 507.474.7830 (Approximate wait time)

As always, the Emergency Department at 855 Mankato Ave. in Winona is available 24/7 for emergency care.

Symptoms of Cold versus Flu
Signs and Symptoms Influenza Cold
Symptom onset Abrupt Gradual
Fever Usual; lasts 3-4 days Rare
Muscle aches Usual; often severe Slight
Chills Fairly common Uncommon
Fatigue, weakness Usual Sometimes
Sneezing Sometimes Common
Stuffy nose Sometimes Common
Sore throat Sometimes Common
Chest discomfort, cough Common; can be severe Mild to moderate; hacking cough
Headache Common Rare




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