Ashton Marra Published

Hospitals Deal with Widespread Flu Activity


Earlier this month the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared a flu epidemic in the nation and named West Virginia a state with widespread flu activity. Now some hospitals in the eastern panhandle are taking extra precautions to make sure the virus doesn’t spread in their facilities.

University Healthcare Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center are adjusting policies to account for a flu outbreak. The two hospitals have made changes to patient visitation policies.

The changes include allowing only one permanent guest that is not noticeably sick per patient for decision making and support. No visitors are allowed that are experiencing a fever or cough and some restrictions are being put on visitors under 18. Visitation at both hospitals is now limited to two guests per patient including the permanent guest, between the hours of 9-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m.

A release from the hospitals says visitor restrictions are temporary, but will remain in place till the hospitals feel comfortable lifting the restrictions.