BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - The flu is considered widespread in Maine and hospital officials at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor are implementing temporary measures in an effort to reduce the risk of spreading it even more.
They say this is an effort to protect patients, visitors and staff.
Beginning on Tuesday, they will temporarily be limiting visitors to two per patient at a time anywhere in the hospital.
They will temporarily be requiring the minimum visitor age to be 12 years old, limiting access to patients exhibiting flu-like symptoms such as fever, upper respiratory symptoms and muscle pain and they will be directing the public to specific entrances where screening for flu-like symptoms will take place.
Dr. James Jarvis, senior VP says this wasn't a decision they took lightly.
"We know these temporary measures will create some challenges for visitors and may cause a bit of inconvenience for those entering the medical center. However, we believe these adjustments are absolutely necessary to protect our patients, staff, and the communities we serve," he says.