Speech to Text for Hospital Restricts Visitors 18 and Younger to Prevent Spread
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houston/medford: "this years flu strain is hitting oregon hard. sky lakes medical center in klamath falls is now preventing anyone 18 and younger from visiting patients in the emergency department or inpatient care areas." sky lakes says the restrictions are needed to prevent the spread of the flu to patients and visitors. it says in early december there was a gradual ramp up in flu positive tests. when 15 percent of the cases were positive it monitored more closely. use restrictions once 20 percent of the cases were positive. tom hottman with sky lakes says a large component of healing is rest...so it's better for flu patients to not have people in the room. tom hottman/sky lakes medical center: "it's a little disappointing that they can't visit their grandmother, or aunt, or whatever. at the same time we're keeping those patients safe, those staff members that care for the patients safer." hottman says families have been understanding and following the rule. he says a good way to "visit" without going into the room and potentially spreading the virus...is to call or use face time. kate houston/medford: "sky lakes says it will lift the restrictions once it sees a decrease in flu positive test results. in medford, kate houston, newswatch12." cases