BANGOR – A local hospital is taking enhanced measures in response to a CDC report of widespread flu cases across the state.
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is enacting temporary precautions for patients, visitors and staff.
“This year, the flu season hit both the United States and particularly here in Maine sooner than we usually see it. We typically don’t see the number of cases we are seeing now until February or March. The Maine CDC said we have double the number of cases across the state, and unfortunately, double the number of deaths we had seen at this time last year,” said Dr. James Jarvis, senior vice president at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.
Jarvis says no more than two people will be allowed to visit a patient at one time.
No children under 12 will be allowed to visit and all visitors must be free of flu-like symptoms.
The temporary measures will go into effect Tuesday.
Jarvis says it’s not too late to get a flu shot.
He encourages lots of hand washing to decrease your chances of getting the flu.