St. Peter’s Health implements visitor restrictions due to cold, flu, COVID

St. Peter’s Health said Monday it has started visitor restrictions at the Regional Medical Center due to a steady increase of cold, influenza and COVID activity in the community.

The restrictions began at 8 a.m. Monday. 

Children 12 and under, as well as anyone with cold and flu-like symptoms, are restricted from visiting the Regional Medical Center unless they are seeking care. Those who have the following symptoms when seeking care should put on a mask available at patient entrances to help protect others during your visit:

FeverCoughSore throatRunny noseNasal congestion

People not experiencing these symptoms and visiting someone in the hospital, should wash or sanitize their hands frequently to avoid getting sick or getting someone else sick. Learn more about Visitation Guidelines at St. Peter’s Health.

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Visitation hours at St. Peter’s, including the emergency department, are from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Officials noted an article published by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health states the country will likely to experience another early flu season, underscoring the importance routine vaccination can play in keeping the community healthy.

St. Peter’s Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shelly Harkins said in a news

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