Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck is implementing visitor restrictions due to an increase in respiratory illnesses and influenza across North Dakota.
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The hospital said its goal is to protect patients and employees from catching and spreading illnesses including the flu.
Beginning Wednesday, hospital visits will be limited to patients’ immediate family members who aren’t showing signs of respiratory illnesses. Immediate family members include a patient’s spouse or significant other, in-laws, parents, grandparents and siblings.
There were nearly 2,000 cases of the flu in North Dakota as of Dec. 28, according to the state Health Department. Burleigh and Morton counties together had more than 160 cases.