Visitation restrictions in place at WVU Medicine hospitals amid flu season

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center officials have announced temporary restrictions to patient visitation amid the influenza.

“Our goal is to protect our patients, visitors and staff by managing their exposure to the flu and other illnesses that are easily spread,” Matthew Simmons, M.D., infection control medical director said.

  • One visitor who is not visibly ill is allowed per patient at all times for decision making and support.
  • Visitation in all areas will be limited to no more than two visitors at a time, plus the permanent guest for decision making and support.
  • No visitors with Influenza-like illness will be permitted to visit.
  • Berkeley Medical Center/Jefferson Medical Center reserve the right to ask any visitor who has symptoms of illness to wear a mask and/or be requested to leave for the best interest of patients and staff.

Children 12 years and younger “are discouraged from visiting the hospitals throughout the remainder of flu season”.

Anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, congestion, cough, runny nose headache and fatigue should contact their doctor.