IRON MOUNTAIN - The local and regional incidence of influenza and other upper respiratory illness has decreased. Consequently, visitor restrictions have been eased in Dickinson County Memorial Hospital's OB Unit/Family Birth Center to allow visitation by anyone who is 18 years old or older.
Restriction of visitors less than 18 years old remains in effect until further notice.
"Pediatrician, Dr. Tom Lamirand, OB/GYN specialist, Dr. David Hartfiel and Pathologist, Dr. Martin Cristanelli advised the Infection Control Committee regarding the easing of visitor restrictions," said Brenda DeAmicis, RN, Infection Control Specialist at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.
While not a formal facility wide Visitor Restriction, officials at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital continue to request that people who are currently exhibiting signs of upper respiratory illness refrain from visiting hospitalized family and friends.
Those affected would be people who have colds, a cough, fever and any other form of respiratory distress. Rather than make a personal visit to the hospital, people with compromised health are asked to send flowers or make a phone call.
Visitors are encouraged to consult the visitor restriction hotline number 776-5950 before making a trip to the hospital.