OWOSSO — Memorial Healthcare Thursday announced it has implemented visitor restrictions for the entire hospital, including its long-term care units, because of increased flu problems.
The restrictions will be in effect until further notice, the hospital said in a press release.
“Memorial Healthcare, along with the entire state, is experiencing an unusual late season of influenza activity. Seasonal flu viruses can be detected year-round; however, seasonal flu activity often begins as early as October and November and can continue to occur as late as May,” hospital officials said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, during most seasons, influenza type A circulates first and is followed by an influenza type B later in the season. However, this season, influenza type A and influenza type B are circulating at the same time.
“These restrictions are being placed into effect due to the increase in flu-like illness and for the safety of our patients, their family members, and our healthcare providers,” Director of Quality & Safety Megan Smith said.
People are being asked not to visit if they are experiencing runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, headache, fever, nausea/vomiting, body aches or diarrhea.
No visitors 12 or younger will be permitted in the facility, even if they have no symptoms, unless that child is coming into the hospital for a service. If children are accompanying an adult who is healthy, they will be asked to wait in the front lobby or cafeteria supervised by another adult who is a family member/friend.
“We appreciate the community’s support in our efforts to protect our patients, their family members, our employees, volunteers and physicians,” President and CEO Brian L. Long said.
To stay up-to-date on visitor restrictions, visit Memorial’s Facebook page at facebook.com/memorialhealthcare.