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Flu Concerns Causing Changes at Waterloo Hospitals

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The flu outbreak in Iowa is causing Waterloo's two hospitals to make changes to their visitation policies effective tomorrow.

Covenant Medical Center will not allow visitors under the age of 15 into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics Unit or Family Birth Center effective Thursday morning. 

This policy only applies to those three units at Covenant and does impact Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls or Mercy Hospital in Oelwein.

Meanwhile, Allen Hospital in Waterloo is instituting a similar policy.  Beginning Thursday, visitors under the age of 15 will not be allowed in the pediatrics unit, the Allen Birthing Center or the neonatal intensive care unit.

The restriction at both hospitals will help protect the most vulnerable patients from flu and will continue until further notice.

Dr. Paul Franke, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa Medical Affairs Vice-President says, "The decision to limit visitors to this age group is a common sense practice because typically it is harder to police 14 year olds and younger in making sure they practice proper hygiene, in regards to coughing, sneezing and restricting what objects they touch in the hospital. We want to error on the side of safety for all of our patients in particular the most vulnerable to this virus...babies and pregnant women."

St. Luke's Hospital and Mercy Medical Center, both in Cedar Rapids, have said they will put similar restrictions in place beginning Friday.

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