Barton restricts hospital visits during the H1N1 flu outbreak |

Barton restricts hospital visits during the H1N1 flu outbreak

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – Barton Memorial Hospital officials announced Tuesday that visitors under the age of 16 are not allowed to visit patients in the hospital until further notice.

Officials cited an increase in people who have contracted the H1N1 flu, also known as the swine flu, as well as a shortage of face masks.

The purpose of this new policy is to protect patients and staff from exposure to the illness and to conserve the supply of masks, according to a hospital statement.

Anyone age 15 years or younger is restricted to the waiting room of the emergency department and the waiting room of the hospital’s front lobby and must be under adult supervision.

Anyone with respiratory symptoms, regardless of age, is discouraged from visiting the hospital.

Visitation hours continue to be from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. until further notice. Exceptions are for one family member to spend the night with a patient.

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Emergency department visitors are limited to two, with other family members restricted to waiting areas.