CHARLOTTE – Atrium Health and Novant Health are restricting hospital access for visitors 12 years old and younger at area hospitals due to flu cases in the community.
The restrictions went into affect at 7 a.m. Feb. 8 and will continue until further notice.
Hospitals affected by the tighter visitation policy are: Atrium Health Pineville, Atrium Health Pineville Rehabilitation Hospital, Atrium Health Union, Novant Health Matthews Medical Center and Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center.
Both systems are also asking people of all ages experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever, runny nose and cough, to not visit patients in the hospital.
“The flu virus can be extremely dangerous to people who have compromised immune systems, cancer, kidney disease and other chronic conditions,” said Dr. Eric Eskioglu, executive vice president and chief medical officer for Novant Health.
Arrangement may be made for extraordinary circumstances.