Flu has subsided, Beebe lifts temporary visitation policy

LEWES – As the number of flu cases in Sussex County has subsided, Beebe Healthcare has lifted the temporary visitors’ policy enacted December 2014.

Children under the age of 16 are now allowed to visit hospitalized patients. Young children should continue to be accompanied by an adult.

The decision to restrict children visitors was made to protect the health and safety of patients, as well as visitors, children, and those caring for patients.

EMR Beebe

As the flu has subsided in Sussex County, Beebe Healthcare has lifted its temporary visitation policy imposed in December.

 

Children and teens younger than 16 are at a greater risk for flu complications and remain contagious longer than adults. While most people with flu experience a mild illness and don’t need medical care, those with chronic illnesses, such as many of our patients, are at a high risk for developing complications, such as pneumonia.

Flu is the most common cause of viral pneumonia in adults.

On March 26, Delaware Health and Social Services reported that 2015 was a record year for flu, with 2,309 lab-confirmed cases and 28 flu-related deaths.

Beebe Healthcare extends thanks for the patience and support of patient safety shown during the temporary restrictions during the flu epidemic.

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