Klamath Falls, OR. -- Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls is restricting visitors 18 and younger from visiting patients in the emergency department or inpatient care areas. The hospital's public information officer, Tom Hottman, says this is to prevent the spread of the flu to visitors, patients, and staff.
In early December of 2017, Sky Lakes saw a gradual ramp-up in flu positive tests. When 15% of the cases were positive it monitored more closely. The hospital put the restrictions in place once 20% of the tests came back positive.
Hottman says a large component of healing is rest, so it's better for patients to not have people in the room.
"It's a little disappointing that they can't visit their grandmother, or aunt. At the same time we're keeping those patients safe, those staff members that care for the patients safer," says Hottman.
Hottman says families have been understanding, and are following the rule. He says a good way to "visit" without going into the room is to call them or use Face-time.
Sky Lakes says it will lift restrictions once it sees a decrease in flu-positive test results.