L.C. Hospital Limits Visitation, Citing Flu ‘Epidemic’

Visitation limits have been announced for the Laurens County Hospital. The county’s Health Care System has announced that because of rapidly increasing rates of the flu and flu-like symptoms in the county, it is implementing a flu visitation policy effective immediately limiting visitors to two adults per patient at any time. In addition, children 12 years and under will not be permitted in patient care areas. This simple step is to protect children from exposure to flu victims inside the hospital. Laurens County Health Care system said research indicates that children are the main carriers and transmitters of the flu.

   Typically, patient care areas include any location where a patient may receive care, such as patient rooms, medical imaging, speech/occupational/physical therapy, outpatient services, etc. Visitor restrictions do not apply to public areas such as Waiting Rooms, Lobby, Cafeteria or Gift Well gift shop.

CEO and President Rich D’Alberto said “These measures are being taken to protect the well-being of our patients, visitors and staff – our main priorities.” D’Alberto acknowledged these temporary steps may result in some inconvenience to family members and other visitors, but said it will help control the “widespread epidemic.”

  Hospitals statewide have already experienced 862 admissions and 15 deaths attributed to the flu and flu-like symptoms. Locally Laurens County Health Care System states the flu season has been the busiest in years, with high patient volume attributed to the disease, overcrowded patient care areas and the need for patient diversion to other facilities.