Area hospitals implement visitation guidelines to combat flu

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ALBANY, N.Y.— Visitation guidelines are being implemented at several regional hospitals to further protect patients from infectious diseases.

Hospitals taking part in the implementation include Albany Medical Center; St. Peter's Health Partners acute care hospitals including Albany Memorial Hospital, Samaritan Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital (Troy), St. Peter's Hospital, and Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital; Ellis Medicine acute care hospitals including Bellevue Woman's Center and Ellis Hospital; Glens Falls Hospital; Columbia Memorial Hospital; and Saratoga Hospital.

The restrictions are as follows:

  • A maximum of two visitors will be permitted in a patient's room at any one time.
  • Children 12 and under will be prohibited from visiting patients' rooms, as they are more likely to have and transmit respiratory infections.
  • Visitors with rash, diarrhea or respiratory symptoms will be prohibited from visiting patients. These symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath. 

Some hospitals have special care units or physical layouts which may have additional visitation restrictions.

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