CT hospital keeps visitor restrictions after H1N1 infection rates drop

Emergency Management Alert, December 15, 2009

Bristol (CT) Hospital, which in October banned all visitors under age 18, is keeping its new restrictions indefinitely, reports the Bristol Press. Playing into the original decision was the fact that children were especially vulnerable to the H1N1 virus.

Hospital officials say they believe the move has helped to curb the rate of H1N1 infections. Indeed, flu-related hospitalization are down, though the same is true in many hospitals across the country, Dr. Leonard Banco, the hospital’s chief medical officer, told the Bristol Press. The hospital is re-evaluating its visitor policy next week after the Department of Public Health gives a statewide update on the status of the H1N1 flu.

Source: Bristol Press

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