(BLOOMINGTON) – As of Monday, December 30, no one under the age of 18 years will be allowed to visit on the Labor & Delivery, Mother/Baby and Pediatric Units in IU Health Bloomington Hospital.
The temporary restriction is being taken to limit patients’ exposure to flu.
The policy will be in place until administrators and medical professionals at the facility determine a lower-incident chance for contracting or spreading the viruses.
Until a further announcement, only the patient’s parents and/or significant other, and/or legal guardians plus two people identified by the parents or guardians will be allowed to visit in our pediatric unit.
For L&D and Mother Baby, the patient may have a significant other plus two visitors. These two identified visitors will be given an orange band.
Once visitors are designated and banded, they must remain the same from admission to discharge and cannot be changed.
In addition to hospital restrictions, officials have indicated that Outreach Classes for Toddler Tours and Sibling Preparation is canceled until visiting restrictions have been lifted.
In addition, to protect all patients, we are also limiting the number of visitors in all patient areas of IU Health Bloomington Hospital, IU Health Bedford Hospital, IU Health Paoli Hospital, and IU Health Morgan.
Officials ask that patients only have two healthy adult visitors with them at a time. Visitors must be 18 or older and not exhibiting any flu symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat or body aches.
Before entering any of the hospitals, visitors should wash their hands and comply with requests to use hand sanitizers.
Also be aware that anyone with a cold or flu symptoms within the previous week should not enter any hospital for visiting purposes.