Batavia hospital restricts visitors due to the flu

Posted at 2:43 PM, Dec 26, 2014

Due to rising cases of the flu, United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia is putting visitor restrictions into place to safeguard patients.

Starting immediately, visitors will only be allowed to have two visitors at a time between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. and no visitors under the age of 14 will be allowed. There may be additional time restrictions for specific wards.

Maternity patients will only be allowed visits from their spouse or birthing partner, as well as the grandparents of the baby. Again – no more than two visitors will be allowed at one time and siblings of the infant under the age of 14 will not be allowed to visit.

Any person with symptoms, including a sore throat, runny nose, or fever, should not visit patients. Any patient that comes to the hospital exhibiting potential signs of the flu, such as excessive coughing, will be given a mask and asked to leave the hospital.

The hospital says all visitors should remember to wash their hands appropriately.

People who have the flu are contagious for 24 hours prior to showing symptoms.