Ascension limiting hospital visitors due to "widespread activity" of statewide influenza


    Ascension Michigan Hospitals, including Ascension Borgess in Kalamazoo, began restricting visitors Monday following Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' classification of "widespread activity" of influenza across the state, according to a statement from Ascension. (WWMT/Callie Rainey)

    Ascension Michigan Hospitals, including Ascension Borgess in Kalamazoo, began restricting visitors Monday following Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' classification of "widespread activity" of influenza across the state, according to a statement from Ascension.

    Visitors will be limited to those 14 years of age or older and are asking those who are not well -- whether they be suffering from a fever, cough, cold or stomach virus symptoms -- to avoid visiting any of their 12 locations that are included in the advisory.

    The included hospitals are:

    • Ascension Borgess Hospital
    • Ascension Borgess-Lee Hospital
    • Ascension Borgess-Pipp Hospital
    • Ascension Genesys Hospital
    • Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital
    • Ascension Providence Hospital
    • Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital
    • Ascension River District Hospital
    • Ascension St. John Hospital
    • Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital
    • Ascension St. Joseph Hospital
    • Ascension Standish Hospital

    Included in the age restriction, Ascension said in a statement that no more than two visitors will be allowed to visit a single patient at a time. The health care organizations is also encouraging visitors to wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer before, during and after visiting their establishment.

    The restriction will remain in place at the discretion of Ascension until further notice, the statement said.

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