Children under the age of 13 now allowed to visit all acute care units
All visitors will be able to visit Sierra View Medical Center without RSV
and Influenza restrictions beginning Monday, April 23, 2018.
The local hospital has not seen recent cases for Respiratory Syncytial
Virus (RSV) or Influenza and can now lift the restriction for children
under the age of 13. The absence of these viruses in the area assures
doctors and staff at Sierra View that allowing visitors under the age
of 13 to once again visit any of SVMC’s acute care units, as well
as the Distinct Part/ Skilled Nursing Facility, is not a risk to their health.
RSV is a common virus that causes cold symptoms in adults and children.
Though most healthy adults and children will experience nothing more than
an infection resembling a common cold, infants and children with pre-existing
medical conditions can experience severe and potentially life-threatening
complications from the virus.
Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is a contagious respiratory
illness caused by the flu virus that infects the nose, throat, and lungs.
Approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year.
Throughout the season, Sierra View Medical Center evaluated and treated
an estimated 118 cases of RSV with 19 admissions and 230 flu cases with
19 admissions. Although this represents a fairly active season, visitor
restrictions were put in place in an effort to prevent more serious cases
of the virus from spreading in the San Joaquin Valley.
As a family-centered hospital, Sierra View Medical Center took necessary
precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of visitors, such as young
children, as well as the health of patients and community members throughout
Sierra View Medical Center will no longer have visitor restrictions in
place beginning Monday, April 23, to allow for entire families to once
again visit their loved ones receiving treatment at the hospital.