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York County area hospitals restricting visitation as flu cases rise

In 2015, Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill had stations where visitors could wash their hands and get masks in response to an increase in flu cases.
In 2015, Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill had stations where visitors could wash their hands and get masks in response to an increase in flu cases.

Hospitals in York, Chester and Lancaster counties, and other area hospitals are restricting visits from children younger than age 12 after seeing an increase in flu cases.

Those hospitals include Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, Chester Regional Medical Center in Chester and Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster.

Hospitals in North Carolina also are under stricter visitation policies including Carolinas Medical Center, Levine Children’s Hospital, Carolinas HealthCare System - Pineville, and other regional hospitals, according to the Carolinas HealthCare System.

“Like most hospitals, we are seeing an unusually high number of flu cases this year,” said Daisy Burroughs, spokesperson for Piedmont, in an email Thursday morning. “As a result, we are temporarily restricting visits by anyone under 12 years of age.”

The hospitals also requested anyone with respiratory distress symptoms not to visit, officials

“We are also asking anyone who has symptoms of acute respiratory illness (fever, cough, sore throat) not to visit at this time,” Burroughs said.

Anyone with symptoms will be required to wear a medical mask, she said.

Ashley Shannon, spokesperson for Lancaster and Chester hospitals, said hospital officials will advise patients and visitors when the restrictions are lifted. Chester and Lancaster hospitals did not say they are requiring masks for visitors, but both sites have masks available for visitors, Shannon said.

The restricted visit policy went into effect Thursday for the York, Chester and Lancaster hospitals. The new policy for Carolina Healthcare facilities starts at 7 a.m. Friday, according to a hospital statement.

Novant Health also put in similar restrictions for visitors under age 12 at its regional hospitals that include Charlotte and Matthews, N.C., a statement from Novant said.

Hannah Smoot: 803-329-4068, @hgsmoot

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