A Kansas hospital has banned visitors amid concerns over the global novel coronavirus pandemic.
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center officials announced Sunday evening that the hospital is now closed to visitors to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with possible provisions for pediatrics and end-of-life situations.
“The COVID-19 virus poses an unprecedented threat to the health of our community,” said Ken Johnson, CEO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, in a statement. “We acknowledge this will be stressful to our patients and their families, but it is necessary to protect the health of our patients, providers and staff. During this trying time, we ask everyone to treat others with patience and grace as we overcome these challenges.”