GREENE CO., Ind., (WTWO/WAWV) — Area hospitals have placed a temporary restriction on visitation due to an increase in influenza patients.
The goal is to protect both patients and hospital staff from being overexposed to the virus.
Hospitals with restrictions include Daviess Community Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes and Greene County Hospital.
Anyone that has flu-like symptoms 24 hours the day before will not be allowed to visit patients under hospital care.
At Daviess Community Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital, visitors younger than 15 will not be allowed. In Greene County, those visitors who are younger than 16 will be prohibited from visiting patients.
Visitors should contact the respective facility for additional guidelines.
Dr. Michael Gamble, Medical Director of Emergency Services at Greene County Hospital, said their patients overall health is the hospital’s main concern.
“It’s an effort to protect our patients and protect other visitors. Visitors are at risk to be exposed to influenza in the waiting rooms and in the hospital as well. So if you don’t need to be here, you probably should not be,” said Gamble.
There have been seven fatal influenza cases this season in the state of Indiana.