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Widespread flu activity leads to temporary changes in hospital visitor policies

To protect our patients, we implemented visitor restrictions at our hospitals on Jan. 21, 2019. These temporary changes will remain in place for the remainder of the flu season.
On Jan. 21, University of Minnesota Medical Center (pictured) and University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital implemented temporary visitor restrictions to protect patients against widespread influenza.

On Jan. 17, the Minnesota Department of Health declared the flu to be widespread across the state.

To protect our patients and prevent the further spread of the illness, University of Minnesota Health has temporarily implemented enhanced visitor restrictions at University of Minnesota Medical Center (both East and West Banks) and University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

The temporary visitor policies began on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, and will remain in place until flu season is over.

To ensure the safety of our patients, we ask that children under the age of 5 and anyone experiencing cold- or flu-like symptoms refrain from visiting the hospital. In addition, those with symptoms of a communicable disease or those who have recently been exposed to a communicable disease to which they are susceptible should not visit.

Our care providers and hospital staff may screen visitors who appear to be ill. If a visitor is displaying symptoms, our providers may offer respiratory masks or ask the visitor to postpone his or her visit.

Help us reduce the flu risk by:

  • Getting a flu vaccine; vaccination remains the best protection
  • Practicing basic hand hygiene, including hand sanitizing 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