Hospitals impose visitor restrictions to reduce virus spread

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. – Area hospitals are taking a extra steps to minimize the spread of germs as flu and the whooping cough cases are on the rise.Margaret Mary Health is implementing temporary visitor restrictions effective December 15. The hospital is among others in the Tri-State announcing similar regulations.The restrictions include no visitors with respiratory symptoms including coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever, aches or stomach virus symptoms, as well as no visitors under the age of 14. Exceptions will be made for newborns’ siblings but they will be screened before visiting.The hospital recommends all siblings of newborns receive the flu vaccine at least seven days prior to visiting. For information on where you can get the flu vaccine, contact your doctor’s office or the Margaret Mary Wellness Clinic at (812) 934-0699.“If you are sick or simply not feeling well, please refrain from visiting patients in the hospital,” said Rachel White, Infection Prevention Coordinator at MMH. “Although it’s difficult for family members and friends to stay away from loved ones in the hospital, we know visitors wouldn’t want to spread illness to our patients.”last_img

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