The Minnesota Department of Health has declared influenza to be widespread across the state.
To protect our most vulnerable patients and prevent the further spread of the illness, we have temporarily added visitor restrictions at two hospitals. The visitor restrictions began on Dec. 23, 2019, and will remain in place until flu season is over.
We ask that anyone meeting one or more of these criteria to please refrain from visiting M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center (East and West Banks) or M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital:
Except for the age requirement, the same restrictions are in effect throughout all other M Health Fairview hospitals.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Minnesota Department of Health, and the Minnesota Hospital Association recommend that children under 5 not visit hospitals as an added precaution during the flu season. Influenza is spread through large droplets in the air and on people’s hands. It's difficult for young children to adequately cover their cough and wash their hands appropriately.
Our hospital providers and staff may screen visitors who appear to be ill. If a visitor is displaying symptoms, our providers may offer respiratory masks or ask the visitor to postpone his or her visit.
Help us reduce the flu risk by:
Influenza symptoms come on quickly and can be severe. Stay up-to-date on the flu by visiting the Minnesota Department of Health Influenza website.