CRH puts visitor limits in place after surge in breathing illnesses

Starting today, Columbus Regional Health will be limiting visitation at the hospital, due to an increase in respiratory infections.

According to the hospital, there has been a steady increase in infections such as as RSV, COVID and influenza both in the community and in the hospital patients. CRH says it is putting limits in place to better protect patients, workers and visitors.

Visitation is being limited to those 18 or older and only two visitors per patient will be allowed. Visitors who have symptoms of an illness should not visit and will be asked to leave. Those symptoms can include cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, diarrhea, tiredness, headache, or vomiting. Visitors may also be asked to wear a mask or other personal protective equipment in patient rooms.

Patients in the birthing center and pediatrics must choose only four people who can visit during their stay. Those visitors can only come two at a time.

The hours of visitation have not been changed.