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Flu hospitalizations rise as UCHealth implements annual restrictions


​Annual visitor restrictions to prevent the spread of the flu are going into effect for the UCHealth system's hospitals in Loveland, Fort Collins and Greeley as the flu has caused more hospitalizations this year than last year.
 
Statewide, 210 patients have been hospitalized with the flu this season from Oct. 1 to Nov. 25, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Larimer County has had 17 flu hospitalizations, while Boulder and Weld counties have had 24 and seven, respectively.
 
With only 62 flu patients hospitalized at this time last year, the number has more than tripled for this year.
 
All visitors with flu-like symptoms will be required to wear a mask inside Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland and the Greeley Medical Clinic, a press release from UCHealth said.
 
Additionally, those with flu-like symptoms and all children under 12 are prohibited from visiting high-risk areas in the hospital such as intensive care units, oncology inpatient floors and pediatric units, the release said.