Carolinas HealthCare lifting flu-forced visitor restrictions

  • Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 4:39 p.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 4:40 p.m.

Carolinas HealthCare System is lifting restrictions it placed on young visitors due to a flu outbreak.

Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord is part of the system and had been subject to the restrictions, which kept children younger than 12 out of the hospitals. The restrictions will be lifted at 6 a.m. Wednesday, the Carolinas HealthCare said in a new release.

A significant drop in the number of patients being seen with flu-like symptoms prompted the change.

During the week of Jan. 21, the last full week measured, 467 patients with flu-like symptoms were seen in the emergency departments of Carolinas HealthCare System hospitals in the Charlotte area. This compares to a high of 1,556 patients during the week of Dec. 8.  

Despite the drop in flu cases, hospital officials recommend that visitors not enter the hospital if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms. 

To reduce the chances of getting or spreading the flu or other illnesses common during the winter months, Carolinas HealthCare recommends coughing or sneezing into elbows or tissues, staying current on vaccinations, frequent hand washing with soap or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and not touching eyes, nose or mouth with hands.

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