Beebe Healthcare Lifts Temporary Visitor Policy

As the number of flu cases in Sussex County has subsided, Beebe Healthcare has lifted the temporary visitor policy enacted December 2014. Children under the age of 16 are now allowed to visit hospitalized patients.  Young children should continue to be accompanied by an adult.

The decision to restrict children visitors was made to protect the health and safety of patients, as well as visitors, children, and those caring for patients. Children and teens younger than 16 are at a greater risk for flu complications and remain contagious longer than adults. While most people with flu experience a mild illness and don’t need medical care, those with chronic illnesses, such as many of our patients, are at a high risk for developing complications, such as pneumonia.  Flu is the most common cause of viral pneumonia in adults.

On March 26, Delaware Health and Social Services reported that 2015 was a record year for flu, with 2,309 lab-confirmed cases and 28 flu-related deaths.

We would like to thank you for your patience and support of patient safety as we maintained the temporary restrictions during the flu epidemic.

Beebe Healthcare is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health for the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. It offers services throughout Southern Delaware including a 210-licensed-bed hospital, a cancer center, and outpatient facilities at multiple sites providing walk-in care, lab, imaging, and physical rehab services.  For more information, please visit us online at www.beebehealthcare.org.