Hospitals to restrict visiting hours

Valley Health hospitals will be limiting patient visits to four hours per day due to an increase in flu cases in the region.

According to a Valley Health news release issued Monday, visiting hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The changes will take effect Wednesday morning.

“Visitors must be age 18 or older and no more than two people may visit a patient at the same time,” according to the news release. “Visitors who have not received the flu vaccine are being asked to wear a mask during their visit. Those with any symptoms of flu-like illness — cough or fever — are urged to stay home.”

Hospitals restricting visiting hours include Winchester Medical Center, Winchester Rehabilitation Center, Warren Memorial Hospital, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and Page Memorial Hospital in Virginia, and Hampshire Memorial Hospital and War Memorial Hospital in West Virginia.

The release states one 24/7 visitor — a “spouse, significant other, parent or adult child, or direct caregiver” — can be designated as exempt from the visiting hours.

“Other exceptions include patient visitation immediately after surgery, at the end of life, and in other situations determined by nursing leadership on a case by case basis,” the release states.