MUSC issues new restrictions for new visitors due to flu concerns

CHARLESTON S.C (WCBD)- Today the Medical University of South Carolina placed restrictions on new visitors amid flu concerns.
The hospital released the following statement: The safety of patients, their families and our care team continues to be our No.1 priority.
Due to the influx of flu cases, hospital visitor restrictions and screenings will remain in place until further notice and we are adding further restrictions for visitors under 18 years of age.
·         Visitors under the age of 18 will not be permitted to visit patient floors or public areas at the following MUSC Health hospitals: Children’s Hospital, University Hospital, Ashley River Tower (ART), and the Institute of Psychiatry.
·         Visitors under the age of 18 will not be permitted to visit patients or public hospital spaces such as atriums, cafeterias or waiting areas.
·         Adult visitors (18+) who are symptomatic of a cold or flu will not be permitted to visit patients or public hospital spaces such as atriums, cafeterias or waiting areas. 
Patient and Visitor Screenings
·         All patients and visitors will go through a flu screening questionnaire at check-in.
·         Screening includes patients and visitors to our hospitals and all ambulatory clinics.
·         Visitors who screen positive (fever, chills, cough or contact with a symptomatic patient within the last 7 days) will not be allowed in the hospitals or public areas.
·         Visitors who do not comply with screening guidelines will not be allowed to visit patients.
·         Flu stations are set up across our hospitals equipped with masks, sanitizers, wipes and tissues for added preventative care. 
We will continue to reassess these visitor restrictions/screenings and will update when appropriate. As always, we appreciate your help in maintaining a safe environment for you and our patients during this time.

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