to shut its doors to visitors on Friday.
Residents were also not permitted to leave the facility, except for medical appointments, while the "no visitors" policy was in effect, according to Careage Hills Director of Nursing Sherrie Todd.
The restriction would be monitored and lifted when the residents' health situation improves, acording to Todd. Call Careage Hills at 225- 2561 to check, if you plan to visit a resident.
Neither Cherokee Villa, Country Side Estates, nor Sunset Knoll in Aurelia are currently experiencing a similar problem with their residents' health.
Sunset Knoll Administrator Karen Bentsen did say, however, that there have been a couple of occasions in previous years when they have had to post a note on the door to prohibit visitors from entering when an outbreak of flu or upper respiratory Infection had affected their residents.
Cherokee Villa Director of Nursing Joan Stodden said that if such an outbreak occurred at their facility, they woud evaluate the situation and "take whatever steps were necessary to protect the health of their residents."
The Chronicle Times did not contact any other facilities, but know that Cherokee Regional Medical Center, for one, has posted "No Visiting" signs in the past for visitors who are suffering from a severe cold or other infectious airborne disease.
A good rule-of-thumb, especially during this cold and flu season, would be to "call ahead" when planning a visit to any nursing facility or hospital, and just put off your visit, if you are the one who is ill.