Mercy Regional Medical Center is limiting visitation, effective today, to prevent patients, staff members and visitors themselves from potential exposure to the H1NI1 flu virus.
The restrictions are expected to remain in place as long as there is a significant number of people in the community exhibiting flu-like illness.
Until further notice, the following restrictions will be observed:
- Visitors with flu-like symptoms, including cough, fever or sore throat are not allowed in the building.
- Visitors younger than 18 may not enter the hospital.
- No more than four adults may visit a patient at a time. Only two visitors at a time may be permitted in some areas.
The restrictions are in keeping with guidelines formulated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. All hospitals in Colorado have implemented some form of the guidelines.
“We have a responsibility to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and staff,” said Nancy Hoyt, Mercy’s chief nursing officer and chief operations officer. “We understand these changes to our visitation policy may be difficult for some families, but it is being done in the best interest of everyone’s health, and it is temporary.”
The first confirmed case of the H1N1 virus was confirmed in La Plata County in July. Because seasonal flu has not been detected, it’s probable that people with flu-like symptoms have the H1N1 virus.
As the H1N1 virus spreads, further changes in visitation regulations may occur.
Anyone planning to visit should call 247-4311 in advance.