BANGOR – Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has adjusted its visitor policy to reduce the spread of the flu.
On Monday, the hospital began screening visitors for flu-like symptoms at its main entrance and limiting patients to two visitors at a time. It also set a minimum visitor age of 12, according to hospital officials.
“We do suspect that sometimes visitors do sometimes bring diseases in that, unfortunately, our patients do acquire and therefore are trying to limit that. As well just limiting the spread of diseases as a normal part of our daily business,” said Dr. James Jarvis, the hospital’s senior vice president.
“It’s the reason why you may see some of our staff members wearing masks and you should be seeing them wash their hands and using hand sanitizers on a regular basis,” he said.
The hospital will return to its normal visitor policy once the risk of spreading the flu has decreased.