DMC Restricts Visitors As Flu Cases Rise In Metro Detroit

WWJ News
December 03, 2019 - 8:28 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - As the number of flu cases rises in metro Detroit, one local hospital group is putting restrictions on visitors.

The Detroit Medical Center says starting Wednesday, Dec. 4, visitors under the age of 12 will be not be allowed to visit inpatient and observation units, and only two visitors will be allowed at a time.

The restrictions are for DMC facilities at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Harper University Hospital, Heart Hospital, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and Sinai-Grace Hospital.

In addition, any visitor displaying symptoms of sore throat, runny nose, cough or chills will not be permitted to visit a patient.

Hospital patients, younger children and senior citizens are particularly susceptible to catching and spreading illnesses like the flu, according to Dr. Teena Chopra, corporate medical director of infection prevention and hospital epidemiology at DMC Harper University Hospital. The visitation guidelines are intended to protect patients, visitors and staff.

"One of the challenges in fighting flu is that the virus can spread very easily," Chopra said in a statement. "However, every step we can take to ensure the spread of flu is kept to a minimum is a step in the right direction in the fight against the flu."

The temporary restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.