Colorado hospitals tighten visitor rules to fight flu
DENVER – Some Colorado hospitals are barring children and anyone with flulike symptoms from visiting as they try to protect patients, staff and other visitors from swine flu and seasonal flu.
The Colorado Hospital Association said Monday some hospitals aren’t allowing children under age 13 to visit. Others aren’t allowing visitors under 19.
The group says at least one hospital will screen visitors for flu symptoms when they enter.
The state health department says 256 people had been diagnosed with swine flu in Colorado through Oct. 3, the most recent statistics available. That includes 52 new cases of swine flu for the week ending Oct. 3.
Officials reported 467 cases of all types of flu this season, including 132 new cases for the week ending Oct. 3.
On the Net:
Colorado Hospital Association: http://www.cha.org
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment swine flu page: http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/epr/H1N1.html