Hospital monitoring flu, not yet restricting visits


Signs at all entrances to Hancock Regional Hospital urge people to avoid visiting the hospital if they are experiencing symptoms of the flu. (Jim Mayfield/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Hancock Regional Hospital is asking people who are experiencing flu-like symptoms to think twice about visiting patients.

The hospital hasn’t officially restricted visitation, as some other hospitals in central Indiana have done. But officials are monitoring the situation closely, they said Monday.

The country is heading into the peak of flu season, which has spiked during the month of February 14 times since 1982, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Friday, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, along with the Marion County Health Department and other city hospitals, placed temporary restrictions on hospital visitation, including disallowing children under the age of 18 and anyone exhibiting flu symptoms from entering hospitals.

Locally, Hancock Regional Hospital officials are urging against unnecessary hospital visits and asking those who might be experiencing flu symptoms to stay at home unless a hospital visit is necessary.

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