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Published on October 25, 2009

Cedar Rapids Hospitals Limit Number of Patient Visitors

In keeping with a commitment to patient safety, Mercy Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital will limit patient visitations in order to minimize potential patient exposure to the H1N1 influenza virus.

Starting Monday, October 19, the following precautions will take effect until further notice, as recommended by Linn County Public Health:

  • Visitors at both hospitals are limited to two adults per patient at any time unless there is a special circumstance. Adults are classified as 18 years of age or older. Special circumstances apply to end-of-life or critically ill patients. Children are not allowed to visit.
  • Linn County Public Health advises these steps are necessary to limit any inadvertent patient exposure to H1N1 flu. Both hospitals recognize and appreciate the interest people have in supporting family and friends who are hospitalized. However, these pro-active measures are being taken to provide optimal safety for patients during this flu season.

These changes are in addition to the precautions already taken to guard against the spread of H1N1 influenza. Both hospitals have hand sanitizer dispensers located throughout their facilities. Visitors should wash their hands before and after visiting a patient, and should cough or sneeze into a tissue or shirtsleeve.

Again, these precautions are for the safety of hospitalized patients and are recommended by Linn County Public Health. These changes will remain in place until further notice.