WVU Healthcare has established a new visitor policy at Ruby Memorial Hospital, including WVU Children's Hospital in an effort to prevent the spread of flu, according to a news release from WVU Healthcare.
Visiting hours at the hospital are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Officials said visitors will be limited to two per patient at any given time and children under the age of 12 are discouraged from visiting the hospital.
People who have experienced flu symptoms for the previous 24 hours, particularly those with a fever, should not visit. Officials said patients and visitors that experience cold or flu-like symptoms will be required to wear a mask.
"While we have not experienced a high volume of flu cases, we're doing this for the health and safety of our patients, our staff and the community at large," Bruce McClymonds, president and CEO of WVU Hospitals, said. "The more we limit exposure to the flu, the less it will spread."
All hospital visitors will also be required to register and obtain a visitor's badge before entering patient areas.
Officials said special circumstances may occasionally occur when the rules may be waived.
The new policy will take effect on January 20.