Sturgis Hospital begins limiting visitation

Sturgis Hospital announced Wednesday it is implementing limited visitation in all hospital areas to reduce the transmission of influenza from person to person.

Hospital visitors will be limited to18 years of age or older, visitors to maternity areas are limited to immediate family, siblings under 18 years will be able to visit the newborn and may be screened for fever, and visitors to the emergency department are limited to one visitor per patient.

Patients checking in with flu symptoms are asked to apply a mask over their nose and mouth. In addition, all visitors and patients are being reminded to wash their hands frequently and cover their mouth when they cough and sneeze.

Sturgis Hospital reported over 100 cases of flu-like illnesses last week, officials said.

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