Hospitals continue flu season visitor restrictions

Hospitals continue flu season visitor restrictions

Some hospitals in the Inland Northwest are still instituting temporary visitor restrictions to prevent the spread of the flu and protect patients. Providence Health & Services Hospitals, including Sacred Hearth Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, and Kootenai Health both have restrictions in place.

According to Providence Health and Services External Communications Director Liz DeRuyter, only immediate family members at least 18 years and older are allowed to visit patients in high-risk areas, including all critical care units, maternity units, all units at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, and other high-risk areas determined by individual hospitals.

“We have adjusted staffing and are monitoring all our services so that we can continue to care for everyone who comes to us. We also collaborate with Spokane Regional Health District and other community partners for ongoing community-wide planning,” DeRuyter said.

Kootenai Health Communication Specialist Andrea Nagel said they’re following similar protocol at the Coeur d’Alene hospital. She did note there are special circumstances that may impact restrictions.

The restrictions remain in place until further notice.