Flu Forces Hospitals to Restrict Visitors

Dec 31, 2019

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Increasing cases of influenza have forced area hospitals to restrict visitors...

The temporary restrictions apply at all area Deaconess and St. Vincent facilities, as well as other area hospitals, surgery centers and rehabilitation centers.

The restrictions include: No visitors with flu-like symptoms, including cough, sore throat, fever, chills, aches, runny or stuffy nose, vomiting, or diarrhea. No visitors under age 15. No visitors other than immediate family or other significant persons as defined by the patient, and in some cases, healthy family members of newborns.

Exceptions may be made for cases involving critically ill patients and end-of-life situations.

In a joint statement, the hospitals said the restrictions were developed using recommendations from the Vanderburgh County Health Department.