Climbing Flu Numbers Prompt Hospital Visitor Restrictions

January 19, 2018

ARDMORE, Oklahoma - With confirmed flu cases continuing to climb in the state of Oklahoma, Mercy Ardmore has opted to implement visitor restrictions to local facilities.

Children ages 12 and under not seeking medical treatment will not be permitted to visit patients in Mercy Ardmore facilities until further notice, beginning today, Friday, Jan. 12. An exception will be made for siblings of newborns who are visiting the Family Birth Place, but they must remain in the patient room for the duration of the visit. 

“We don’t want to expose patients to additional risks,” said Toni Roberts, Mercy Infection Control prevention specialist. “Children under the age of 12 tend to have a high rate of flu illness. In order to protect all of our patients, hospital staff and children themselves, we must put in place visitor restrictions for the time being.” 

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