Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids is limiting the number of visitors that can be at the bedside of a young patient.
“Due to a high number of pediatric admissions and an increase in respiratory illnesses throughout the community, Corewell Health™ Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital will be limiting the number of visitors to the hospital,” the hospital announced on Instagram.
“Effective immediately, only two visitors are permitted at the bedside during the day and one visitor overnight. The NICU visitor policy remains unchanged.”
WOOD Radio host Justin Barclay shared it on X:
Restrictions begin at Michigan hospital.
It all comes amid news of pneumonia like symptoms causing issues in China and now Ohio.
And yes, it’s an election year.
But I’m sure that’s just a coincidence. pic.twitter.com/OCUAIoMQoG
— Justin Barclay (@MrJustinBarclay) November 30, 2023
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The limitation comes as there has been an outbreak of so-called “white lung syndrome” in Warren County, Ohio, the UK Daily Mail reported Thursday.
“‘Not only is this above the county average, it also meets the Ohio Department of Health definition of an outbreak,” the county’s health department said Wednesday, where there has been 142 cases since August.
Helen DeVos says “it is experiencing a high volume of pediatric admissions, in addition to increased respiratory illness throughout the community,” according to WOOD TV.
Changes include longer wait times and beds in “non-traditional settings.”
The limitation took effect immediately, according to the hospital.