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Wilson Medical Center implemented visitor restrictions Thursday due to an increase in a common respiratory virus. Those visitor restrictions apply to nursery and pediatric patients and postpartum mothers on the east wing of the second floor, officials said.
Over the last few days, the hospital has seen a significant increase of positive respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, throughout the Wilson community as well as in the facility, according to Sydney Wilkinson, the hospital’s infection prevention coordinator.
Until further notice, no children under the age of 12 will be allowed to visit the east wing of the second floor.
“We want to make sure that we are protecting one of our most vulnerable populations to RSV, which includes our babies,” Wilkinson said.
RSV is a serious respiratory virus that infects lungs and breathing passages, especially in infants and older adults. RSV is also the most common cause of pneumonia in children less than a year old.
Those who are coughing, sneezing, have a fever or sore throat should also not visit, Wilkinson said. If you must visit the hospital with any of those symptoms, a yellow mask must be worn.
Signs will be posted in the hospital’s main lobby, emergency department, patient registration and on the east wing of the second floor for visitor guidance.
“Please assist us in helping to implement these restrictions so that we can continue to provide a safe environment for all of our patients, especially our little ones,” Wilkinson said.
Wilkinson said the hospital has not seen an influx of positive cases over the last few weeks, but its staff will be monitoring closely for the need to restrict visitors in other areas related to flu activity.