Carolinas Healthcare System has restricted its visitation policy in all its in-patient care facilities in the greater Charlotte area in response to heightened risk of influenza.
Visitations by children younger than 12 years of age is restricted entry to all in-patient hospitals, while previously the restriction had only applied to neonatal and pediatric intensive care units.
“We had been monitoring the flu situation for a while,” said Kevin McCarthy, communications staff member with Carolina HealthCare System. “And because it had started so quickly and we were starting to see so many cases a lot earlier than we usually do, we felt it was an appropriate step to take.”
In order to hinder the spread of flu further, CHS is also requesting that anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms not to visit anyone in the hospital.