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Hospitals across Michigan start restricting visitors for flu

Limits in place for kids and those who are sick
Posted at 9:29 AM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 12:27:10-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Two of Michigan's health care systems are restricting visitors to prevent the spread of the flu.

Acsension Michigan and Bronson Health Group announced Monday that all 14 of its hospitals who will be allowed inside as guests.

That includes:

  • Allegan General Hospital
  • Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo
  • Ascension Borgess-Lee Hospital in Dowagiac
  • Ascension Borgess-Pipp Hospital in Plainwell
  • Bronson Battle Creek Hospital
  • Bronson LakeView Hospital in Paw Paw
  • Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo
  • Bronson South Haven Hospital
  • Bronson Commons in Mattawan

At Ascension facilities, only people 14 years or older will be allowed to visit patients in those hospitals. Visitors must be healthy, and wash their hands during their time in the hospital. No more than two visitors will be allowed to be with a patient at any time.

Bronson asks visitors under 15 years old to stay home. Only two visitors will be allowed per patient in the Emergency Departments; 5 will be permitted inside the Bronson Birthplace locations in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, including siblings even if they are under 15. The Neonatal ICU will only let 4 adult visitors rotate in for babies being treated there.

Ascension Michigan says the Centers for Disease Control and the Michgan Department of Health and Human Services list the flu at a level of "widespread activity" in Michigan. The visiting restriction will be in place until the threat of the flu decreases.