Logansport Memorial Hospital makes changes to visitor restrictions for 2022-2023 flu season

Last Updated on November 21, 2022 by Logansport Memorial Hospital

COVID-19 is still a health concern for hospitals and healthcare organizations across the country. Hospital policies continue to be evaluated and adjusted or updated as needed, based on the priority of keeping our staff and patients as safe as possible inside our facility. But with the winter weather now here for the upcoming season, Influenza (also known as the flu) is on the rise across the community. In evaluating available information and the state of COVID-19 and the flu as they are today, Logansport Memorial Hospital is making adjustments once again to its visitor restrictions policy.

Please note that restrictions are still in place for COVID-positive patients and their visitors, whether staying overnight at the hospital or coming in for a doctor’s appointment. Some areas have also elected to keep specific restrictions in place, due to the severity of illness for patients (in the Intensive Care Unit, for example) or due to space limitations in common waiting areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain.

The biggest change to these visitor restrictions is limiting the allowance of children under the age of 18 in main hospital areas – the medical/surgical floor, ICU, and OB unit (Family Birth Center). Kids can be carriers of flu and COVID virus with symptoms that are less severe than those in healthy or immunocompromised adults. Limiting their visitation will help to further minimize the potential spread of COVID and flu viruses. Children under the age of 18 are still allowed as visitors for physician office visits, and of course are welcome as patients when needed in any area of the hospital, to keep them safe and healthy throughout the winter season.

All patients and visitors are still required to wear masks while inside the hospital when the county transmission level is HIGH, or indicated in RED on the CDC’s online data map. We still ask that all patients and visitors self- screen when entering the facility, and any symptomatic visitors will be asked to leave. If you are a sick patient coming in for care, please consider wearing a face mask as you enter the facility, even if not required by county transmission levels, to protect our staff and other healthy patients and visitors inside the hospital.

We appreciate the continued flexibility and patience that we have been given by our patients, their families, and by individuals in the communities that we serve. We know that family members and trusted visitors have an important role in supporting the health, healing, and well-being of our patients in their specific health journeys. We are working hard to continue providing an environment where families feel like valued members of a patient’s care team, because that is what is best for our patients. We ask for your continued cooperation with this adjusted policy and the changes that we continue to make, as we keep your health and safety our top priorities.

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Memorial Hospital