Due to the increased amount of influenza cases in the Lake Region this year, CHI St. Alexius Health in Devils Lake is restricting visitation to all departments of the hospital.

Due to the increased amount of influenza cases in the Lake Region this year, CHI St. Alexius Health in Devils Lake is restricting visitation to all departments of the hospital.

This announcement comes on the heels of one issued Jan. 27 restricting visits to the obstetrics department. Now all departments are included in the restriction.

Restrictions:
Children under 12 years of age are prohibited from visiting patients
Visitation is restricted to immediate family only; immediate family members not vaccinated against influenza will be required to wear a mask
ER, lab and radiology patients who are experiencing flu-like symptoms or who have not received the influenza vaccine are required to wear a mask.

The restrictions will remain in place until the threat of influenza has passed or returned to normal seasonal level.

The general public is reminded it is not too late to vaccinate against influenza. In addition, it is important to always cover your cough and practice good hand hygiene.  

CHI St. Alexius Health officially announced the formation of its regional health care system on April 19, 2016.  The system is the largest health care delivery system in central and western North Dakota and is comprised of a tertiary hospital in Bismarck, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) in Carrington, Dickinson, Devils Lake, Garrison, Turtle Lake, Washburn and Williston and numerous clinics and outpatient services.  

CHI St. Alexius Health manages five CAHs in North Dakota - Ashley, Elgin, Linton, and Wishek, as well as Mobridge Regional Medical Center in Mobridge, S.D.