Yuma Regional Medical Center is experiencing high patient volumes, which is normal during this time of year because of Yuma’s winter visitor population and it being peak flu season. However, to protect patients, families and staff from unnecessary exposure to the flu virus, the medical center is changing their guidelines.
Effective immediately, people under the age of 18 will not be permitted in patient care and waiting areas during flu season. You may be asked for identification. An exception will be made for anyone under 18 who is the parent of a patient or person receiving services.
YRMC is also asking people over the age of 18 who are experiencing fever, cough, aches and pains, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, chills or a runny or stuffy nose not to visit patients.
Due to YRMC’s high patient volumes, the newly developed third floor of the tower opened Thursday (10) a day ahead of schedule. This provides an additional 36 patient beds, and will alleviate patient overflow.