An increasing number of flu cases have been reported in the entire state and the policy is in place at many IU-based hospitals statewide.
IU Health Starke and LaPorte hospitals are allowing healthy adults aged 18 and older to visit patients in the hospital. Only two people may visit with a patient at a time. Parents are urged to refrain from bringing children to the hospital as visitors this flu season.
If you are going into the hospital for treatment and have the flu or cold-like symptoms, it is encouraged that you wear a protective mask provided at hospital entrances.
This temporary policy went into place on Monday, Dec. 15 and remains in effect until further notice.
To prevent the flu, wash your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and stay home if you are sick.