Hospital is restricting Maternity Ward visits over flu concerns

(Gillette, Wyo.) A recent rise in cases of influenza, or flu, and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) within the community has led to Campbell County Health enacting visiting restrictions on the Maternal Child and Labor & Delivery unit. “Even though the RSV and Flu cases in the community have been very low this respiratory season, newborns are at a higher risk for contracting influenza and RSV than the general population,” according to Veronica Taylor, CCH Infection Prevention Specialist. “We will continue to monitor the cases within the community and look to lift the restrictions as soon as it is safe for our patients and employees.” Visits to the department are now limited to the mother's spouse or significant other, and only two additional visitors at any one time. Visiting in labor & delivery is always limited to three. Children under 12 years old are not permitted to visit, unless they are the baby's siblings. In that case, they may visit if they are screened for symptoms of illness by Maternal Child nurses. If your permitted visitor feels ill, they should stay at home. As for the rest of the hospital, patients at the Emergency Room, and outpatient clinics and offices within the hospital should wear a mask and use hand sanitizer if they feel ill or have cold or flu symptoms such as fever or cough. Masks and hand sanitizer are available throughout the hospital and at each entrance. To check on current restrictions, visit CCH's website . #county17 #news