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Written by The Business Journal Staff
Due to a spike in respiratory syncytial virus throughout Madera County, Madera Community Hospital has announced new visitor restrictions.
According to a press release from the hospital, this follows patient safety protocols during increases of highly contagious viruses, in which children under the age of 13 are restricted from visiting admitted hospital patients.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the most common respiratory virus in infants and children. Highly contagious, RSV is transmitted by touching, kissing, or any close contact with an infected person followed by contact of their own eyes, nose or mouth. The infection can also be spread through the air, by coughing and sneezing.
RSV can live up to seven hours on hard surfaces such as floors, countertops, and tables. Most children are contagious days before they are actually ill and can continue to be contagious days after they appear well.
Madera Community Hospital provides free supervised childcare in it Children’s Visitor Center. This service is available while parents receive services on the hospital premises or visit hospitalized patients. The Children’s Visitor Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located near Family Health Services.
For after hour-symptom evaluation and treatment, RapidCare is open on the Madera hospital campus, southwest of the emergency department Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 11 p.m.