The Indiana State Department of Health has reported widespread, high levels
of influenza activity across the entire state. It is necessary to add
an additional protective layer of protection.
Accordingly, MGH has chosen to temporarily implement visitor restrictions
to protect our patients from transmission of the flu. We would ask:
- Only two adult immediate family/significant others as identified by the
patient allowed to visit.
- Visitors under the age of 18 will not be allowed to visit (except for the
Family Birthing Center as outlined below).
- Visitors who have flu-like symptoms such as cough, fever, chills or muscle
aches will not be allowed.
- Masks will be encouraged for patients presenting with flu-like symptoms.
- Guests will be asked to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer often while
in the building.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Influenza
is primarily a community-based infection that is transmitted in households
and community settings. Children, people over 65 and those with medical
conditions are at a much higher risk of complications from the flu.
In order to continue to safeguard our newborns and young patients, the
Family Birthing Center and Pediatrics will only allow parents, guardians
or caregivers, grandparents, and the labor coach to visit patients and
infants. Siblings of the new baby may visit if they are in good health,
have no fever or symptoms of illness, and must be accompanied by an adult.
All visitors to Family Birthing Center or Pediatrics will need to be symptom free.
Moving to a restricted visitation policy was not done hastily or lightly,
but with the influx of influenza cases in Grant County, we must put the
health and wellness of those being treated and working at MGH first.
While we know this policy may cause inconvenience for our patients and
family members, we hope you understand and appreciate our ultimate goal
is the protection of our patients and Healthcare Community.
Exceptions can be made by the care team in the event of special circumstances
(e.g., patient is near the end of life).
For more information on the MGH temporary restriction policy or how you
can protect yourself from influenza, please visit the MGH website at www.mgh.net