DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Detroit Medical Center is working to minimize the spread of influenza.
According to a press release from the DMC, there is a rise of confirmed flu cases in the metro Detroit area.
DMC officials say hospital patients, younger children and senior citizens are particularly susceptible to catching and spreading the illnesses.
Effective immediately, new patient visitation guidelines will be implemented at all DMC hospitals. Visitors under the age of 12 will not be allowed to visit inpatient and observation units. Additionally, only two visitors will be allowed at a time. This includes DMC facilities at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Harper University Hospital, Heart Hospital, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and Sinai-Grace Hospital.
DMC officials say that any visitor exhibiting symptoms of sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, fever, cough, sneezing or chills will not be able to visit a patient. The guidelines will remain in effect while seasonal flu activity remains high.