3 Area Hospitals Restrict Visitors

Several area hospitals are responding to the rising swine flu concern by placing restrictions on who can visit patients.

Marquette General is asking anyone with flu symptoms to stay home.

That applied to anyone with a fever, body aches, a cough, a runny nose, a sore throat, diarrhea or vomiting.

2 visitors are allowed per patient.

Kids under the age of 14 aren’t being allowed inside any Marquette General Health System building, unless it’s for a medical appointment or Emergency Department treatment.

Only labor coaches or grandparents are being allowed to visit the Family Birthing Center.

And in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, only parents can visit.

Portage Health in Hancock is also asking anyone who’s sick to not visit.

Only 1 visitor, escort or family member will be permitted per patient.

That visitor has to be at least 18 years old.

All visitors to either the inpatient unit or Family Birthing Center will have to wash their hands when entering.

And as for the Family Birthing Center, only a labor coach, spouse or significant other is allowed.

Baraga County Memorial Hospital in L’Anse has some restrictions as well.

Just like at Portage Health, only 1 visitor, escort or family member is allowed to visit each patient.

That visitor will also have to be 18 or older.

And if you’re sick, you’re asked to not visit any patients in either the hospital or the Skilled Nursing Unit.

All 3 hospitals say their respective measures are in effect until further notice.