St. Peter's Health lifted its visitation restrictions Tuesday due to a decrease in the number of influenza cases in the Helena area and around the state.
The restrictions were implemented in January in response to heightened flu activity. So far this season, the St. Peter’s Health laboratory has confirmed more than 900 cases of influenza.
According to a press release from the hospital, influenza is still present in the community despite the decrease in cases. St. Peter’s Health asks that people experiencing flu-like symptoms refrain from visiting the Regional Medical Center unless they are seeking care, and reminds the community to always practice proper hand hygiene to prevent the spread of illness.
According to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, there have been 12,727 cases, 737 hospitalizations and 19 deaths attributed to influenza this flu season.