and Sanford Health in Bismarck is putting visitor restrictions in place to protect patients from influenza.
Only immediate family members such as parents, spouses, siblings, grandparents, and children or those who have business to do at the hospital are allowed.
Children visiting must be over the age of 12.
Last week alone, Sanford reported 70 cases of influenza A.
"I see this being a little more aggressive influenza this year than in past years and it's different this year in that in past years it's affected the young, the very young, and the old - greater than 65 years of age. This year, it's affecting middle-aged patients and being a little more aggressive in the middle-aged patients," says Anthony Tello, MD, Senior VP of Clinics, Sanford Health.
Beginning Thursday January 23rd, a security guard will be at the main entrances to enforce these restrictions.
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