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Flu Update: LVH and St. Luke's Restrict Hospital Visitors

People under 18 are not permitted to visit Lehigh Valley Hospital and St. Luke's Hospitals under new temporary restrictions.

Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke's University Health Network announced Monday that their hospitals are temporarily restricting visitors because of community-wide surges in the the flu and flu-like illnesses.

Both networks said in prepared releases that visitors under age 18 will not be permitted in the hospitals. Also, people with flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, body aches) should not to come to the hospital to visit patients.

Lehigh Valley Hospital said the visitation restrictions apply to hospital inpatient areas only and do not affect outpatient, procedure, treatment, diagnostic or pharmacy locations.

St. Luke's University Health Network said the visitor restrictions are in effect at St. Luke’s Hospital – Allentown Campus; St. Luke’s Hospital – Anderson Campus; St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem; St. Luke’s Hospital – Miners Campus in Coaldale; St. Luke’s Hospital – Quakertown Campus, and St. Luke’s Hospital - Warren Campus in Phillipsburg.

The temporary visitor restrictions are being instituted in hospitals and long-term care facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley to help inhibit the spread of flu, as recommended by public health agencies, the networks said.

Life Long Emmaus January 21, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Most hospitals doing this in PA.
Diane Roberts January 21, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Westfield Hospital, in Allentown, changed their visitation policy on January 10 when the surge in flu became imminent. Westfield also has restricted visitors, under the age of 18, to visit with those admitted and has asked that anyone who has a cough or flu-like symptoms not visit patients at the hospital. Westfield Hospital, who normally permits 24/7 visitation, reduced its visitng hours from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. during this hightened flu season.

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