Minn. hospital restricts sick visitors due to flu

Published On: Jan 08 2013 03:33:43 PM CST
Health, medical care
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -

A hospital north of the Twin Cities is restricting some visitors because of a rise in flu cases at the hospital.

Visitors who have infectious symptoms won't be allowed into the maternity ward of Fairview Lakes Hospital in Wyoming, Minn. They will be allowed to visit other units if they wear a mask.

Hospital spokesman Ryan Davenport tells Minnesota Public Radio News that Fairview's five other hospitals are evaluating whether they need to take similar precautions.

Davenport says signs will be posted at all of Fairview Lakes' entrances informing visitors of the new policy. He says greeting staff will ask visitors whether they're experiencing infectious symptoms.