Visitor restrictions at Marion County hospitals to end as flu season winds down

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4 Fast Facts

  • Visitor restrictions to end Wednesday, April 13, at Marion County hospitals
  • Health officials say flu activity is on the decline
  • Restrictions went into place March 11 after spike in flu cases
  • Move affected major hospitals in the county

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 12, 2016) – Temporary visitor restrictions that went into effect last month at Marion County hospitals will come to an end Wednesday.

Health officials said flu activity continues to drop statewide. Hospitals in Marion County put visitor restrictions in place on March 11 in response to a growing number of flu cases.

The move affected hospitals from all major health systems, including Community Health Network, Franciscan St. Francis Health, Indiana University Health, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, and St. Vincent Health, as well as Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Richard L. Roudebush V.A. Medical Center.

The “Tier 1” restrictions, which expire on Wednesday, April 13, included:

  • Restricting visitors with symptoms of influenza
  • Restricting visitors under the age of 18
  • Restricting visitation to immediate family as identified by the patient

“While flu activity is going down in Marion County, we must continue to protect ourselves and each other by doing simple things such as washing hands frequently with soap and water, and covering our coughs,” said Dr. Virginia A. Caine, director of the Marion County Public Health Department.

Caine said anyone with flu or flu-like symptoms should avoid visiting someone in the hospital and stay home until their symptoms have subsided.

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