More Ore. hospitals limit visitors for flu season

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More Oregon hospitals are imposing restrictions on visitors to guard against the spread of flu.

Legacy Health announced Thursday that patients can have no more than two visitors at a time, and those 18 and younger are limited to immediate family members.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports ( ) the Providence hospital has put a similar restriction on visitors under 18, saying school-age children have higher rates of exposure to the flu.

But Grant Walker of Asante hospitals in Medford, Ashland and Grants Pass says its experts don’t believe there is a larger than usual number of cases so far.

He says the hospitals don’t allow children under 14 to visit patients in isolation or who are at high risk for infection, but no other restrictions are in place.


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