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ND hospital restricts visitors due to flu virus


MINOT, N.D. -- Trinity Health officials as of noon on Friday, Jan. 12, have limited hospital visitations to due the flu virus.

The restrictions are in effect until further notice at both of its hospital locations.

The policy calls for visitations to be limited to immediate family members only, with no children under 18 allowed to visit at all.

Also people experiencing flu-like symptoms or colds should not visit any patient.

The visitor restriction policy affects the main Trinity Hospital campus at 1 Burdick Expressway at Main and Trinity Hospital – St. Joseph’s at 407 Third Street Southeast.

“We appreciate the community’s cooperation as we impose these restrictions,” said Karen Zimmerman, Chief Nurse Officer.  “We apologize for the inconvenience to family members and friends, but this measure is a necessary precaution to protect our patients and to help prevent the spread of the flu.”

Along with the restricted visitation, Trinity is providing masks at each hospital entrance and registration area for patients or others with flu-like symptoms who have a need to enter the hospital for care or for a purpose other than to visit patients.