McLaren, Ascension Genesys make changes to visitor policy due to widespread flu

GENESEE COUNTY — For the safety of patients, visitors and staff, McLaren Flint and Ascension Genesys are implementing temporary visitor restrictions to limit the spread of influenza and other respiratory infections.

Influenza is currently reported as widespread across the state of Michigan.

Visitors, especially children, may not know they have the flu. They may not be showing flu symptoms and can easily pass the flu on to others. Patients are in the hospital to get better and can get very sick from visitors who may only have mild flu symptoms.

Visitor restrictions began Jan. 7.

McLaren Flint are asking parents not to bring children under the age of 12, as well as anyone with the following symptoms, to visit the hospital: fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion and stomach virus symptoms.

Patients and visitors going to the hospital’s clinic/outpatient departments with any of these symptoms will be asked to wear a mask. These are provided on respiratory hygiene stations at entrances and in lobby areas.

Visitors are also reminded to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before, during and after visiting patients.

Ascension Genesys in Grand Blanc is limiting visitors to those who are 14 years of age or older. Children are at the greatest risk of getting and spreading the flu.

Visitors should be healthy – free from fever, cough, colds or stomach virus symptoms. If you are not well, please do not visit, Ascension officials said.

No more than two visitors will be allowed to visit with a patient at any one time.

We are also asking visitors to remember to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before, during and after visiting. — G.G.