MARIETTA - The Memorial Health System is restricting visitors at Marietta Memorial and Selby General hospitals to limit the spread of influenza.
The hospital announced in a release Tuesday that individuals younger than 18 and people with flu-like symptoms are not to visit the hospital. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting, according to the Memorial Health System's website, www.mmhospital.org.
The number of visitors allowed in a patient's room at one time will be limited to two, and visitors could be required to wear protective gear, like masks, the release says.
Memorial and Selby are experiencing rises in the number of flu cases, as expected at this point in the flu season, the release says.
In Parkersburg, Camden Clark Medical Center's Memorial and St. Joseph's campuses are also seeing an increase in flu cases, said Tim Brunicardi, director of marketing and public affairs for Camden Clark. However, it's nothing abnormal and no restrictions have been put in place, he said.
"Just as a regular practice we put up signs in the hospitals to make sure people are careful about spreading the flu," Brunicardi said.
Ways to avoid getting or spreading the flu include washing one's hands often; avoiding touching one's eyes, nose and mouth; covering the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing; and practicing good health habits in general.