DCHS limits hospital visits

IRON MOUNTAIN – Despite recent news from the Centers for Disease Control announcing the decrease of influenza across the country, officials at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital are keeping visitor restrictions in place.

Visitor restrictions remain in effect in Dickinson Memorial Hospital’s OB Unit/Family Birth Center while visitor restraint continues to be urged in other areas of the hospital.

“We continue to see respiratory cases in our area and per the request of our physician group restrictions will remain in effect,” said Brenda DeAmicis, RN, Infection Control Specialist at Dickinson Memorial Hospital.

In order to keep newborns and their mothers safe and healthy, the OB Department has restricted visitation to one visitor; one designated spouse or significant other named by the obstetrics patient. These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

While not a formal facility wide Visitor Restriction, officials at Dickinson Memorial Hospital continue to request that people who are currently exhibiting signs of upper respiratory illness refrain from visiting hospitalized family and friends. Those affected would be people who have colds, a cough, fever and any other form of respiratory distress. Rather than make a personal visit to the hospital, people with compromised health are asked to send flowers or make a phone call.

“While the CDC has noticed a declining number of influenza cases across the country, that decrease has not as yet reached our region to where we feel comfortable lifting restrictions,” explained DeAmicis. “Our staff and patients greatly appreciate the co-operation and understanding of family members and friends.”

“Our visitor restriction hotline number is 906-776-5950 and is updated regularly as conditions change,” said DeAmicis. “We encourage you to call this number before planning a visit to the hospital.”