Visitor limits in place to protect young Patients from the flu

Published: Jan. 2, 2015

Protecting and improving the health of the people in our communities is Sparrow’s number one priority.

Sparrow has seen a higher than normal number of cases potentially flu related.

To safeguard some of Sparrow’s most fragile and at-risk Patients, visits to the Labor and Delivery unit and Mother-Baby Center are temporarily limited to a father or support person, grandparents, and the newborn’s siblings. No more than three healthy visitors will be allowed in the room at a time.

Visits to Sparrow’s Pediatric Department - including the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) - are temporarily limited to parents and grandparents. At this time, no siblings or children are allowed. No more than three healthy visitors will be allowed in the room at a time.

If visitors are found to have cold or flu symptoms, they will not be allowed to visit.

Common flu symptoms include:

  • Fever of 100 or higher or feeling feverish
  • A cough and/or sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea (more common in children)
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Sparrow urges anyone with flu symptoms to first contact their primary Physician or to visit a Sparrow urgent care facility. Emergency rooms fill up, causing longer wait times and potentially exposing a greater number of people to the flu.