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Increased influenza activity leads to temporary changes in hospital visitor policies

The new visitor restrictions are effective as of Feb. 12 and will remain in place for the remainder of the flu season.
University of Minnesota Health hospitals are implementing visitor restrictions to ensure the health of our patients during the flu season.
University of Minnesota Health is acting to stem the spread of the flu virus by implementing temporary visitor policies at University of Minnesota Medical Center and University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital to reduce patient and employee exposure. The temporary policies went into effect on Friday, Feb. 12, and will remain in place until flu activity diminishes. This step was taken after the Minnesota Department of Health announced regional influenza throughout the state. M Health has also seen an increase in flu activity.

Our temporary visitor policies are as follows: 

  • Visits are restricted to those five years of age and older
  • All visitors will be screened for influenza-like illness. If symptoms are present, they are asked not to visit
  • Visitors should be educated on hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Providers and staff may approach hospital visitors who appear to be ill, offering masks and requesting to postpone visits

Help us reduce the flu risk by 

  • Getting a flu vaccine; vaccination remains the best protection
  • Practicing basic hand hygiene, including hand-foaming and hand-washing
  • Sanitizing and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis
  • Staying home if the following symptoms are present: fever (temperature greater than 100 degrees), chills, cough, sore throat, muscle aches and fatigue
Influenza symptoms come on quickly in the form of fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness, stuffed-up nose and body aches. These symptoms can be severe.
Stay up-to-date on the flu by visiting the Minnesota Department of Health Influenza website