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Restrictions on visitors under age 12 will be lifted at 6:00 a.m., Feb. 6, at Charlotte-area Carolinas HealthCare System hospitals. A significant drop in the number of patients being seen with flu-like symptoms prompted the change.
Hospitals that will lift the restrictions are: Carolinas Medical Center, Levine Children’s Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville, Carolinas Medical Center-Union, Carolinas Medical Center-University, Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln, Carolinas Medical Center-Randolph, Carolinas Rehabilitation, Carolinas Rehabilitation-Mercy, and Carolinas Rehabilitation-Mount Holly.
During the week of Jan. 21, the last full week measured, 467 patients with flu-like symptoms were seen in the emergency departments of Carolinas HealthCare System hospitals in the Charlotte area. This compares to a high of 1,556 patients during the week of Dec. 3.
Despite the drop in flu cases, hospital officials recommend that visitors not enter the hospital if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms. To reduce the chances of getting or spreading the flu or other illnesses common during the winter months, Carolinas HealthCare System recommends coughing or sneezing into elbows or tissues, staying current on vaccinations, frequent hand washing with soap or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and not touching eyes, nose or mouth with hands.