Flu Limiting Hospital Visits

Because of rapidly spreading flu in the Upstate, visitation to patients at Greenville Health System hospitals is restricted for persons under 18 years of age, except under special circumstances. This includes all Upstate GHS locations, including Laurens County Memorial Hospital. Children approved to visit will be asked to wear masks to help prevent transmission of possible respiratory illness. Flu and other contagious respiratory illnesses can unknowingly be transmitted for several days prior to the first symptoms appearing. The visitation precaution will continue until the level of flu abates. Regardless of age, GHS asks that visitors suffering from respiratory illness delay visiting patients until such time as their symptoms are resolved.

All visitors are urged to wash their hands before and after visits. Hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout the hospital.

GHS reported more than 623 positive flu cases for the week ending Dec. 31, with 34 people being admitted to a GHS hospital in that time frame. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has reported nine deaths statewide as of December 30th.