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Respiratory illness leads to temporary restrictions at Marshfield Medical Center birth centers

​Jan. 6, 2020

Marshfield Clinic Health System has set temporary visitor restrictions for its Marshfield Medical Center birth centers in Marshfield, Eau Claire and Rice Lake. These measures are in place to protect patients, especially newborns, due to high levels of respiratory illness in surrounding communities.

During this time, all visitors to the birth center must be free of illness and at least 18 years old. The number of visitors allowed are limited to the two designated labor and delivery support people and grandparents.

"We carefully monitor flu and respiratory illness in our hospitals and community," said Dr. William Melms, Marshfield Clinic Health System chief medical officer. "When reported levels are moderate or high we implement a restricted visitor policy. The exposure risk is assessed regularly and restrictions will be lifted as soon as possible." 

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