Allina Implementing Restrictions Due To Measles Outbreak; MN Cases Now Up To 48

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Officials with Allina Health said Monday they are restricting visitors for all hospitals and clinics due to the recent measles outbreak.

Officials say children ages 5 and younger are asked are asked not to visit hospitals or clinics unless they are seeking medical care. Exceptions will be considered in the case that a patient has a critical condition or prognosis.

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The same applies for birth center visitors, with exceptions and masking for children ages 10 and younger.

Allina officials said any child age 10 or younger is required to wear a mask while in the hospital or clinic. Anyone with a cough or sore throat should also wear a mask.

Here is a list of Allina hospitals and clinics associated with the restrictions.

  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis
  • Buffalo Hospital
  • Cambridge Medical Center
  • District One Hospital, Faribault
  • Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids
  • Mercy Hospital – Unity Campus, Fridley
  • New Ulm Medical Center
  • Owatonna Hospital
  • Phillips Eye Institute, Minneapolis
  • Regina Hospital, Hastings
  • River Falls Area Hospital, River Falls, Wis.
  • St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee
  • United Hospital, St. Paul

On Monday, health officials said there are now 48 confirmed cases of measles. Forty-six of the cases are children under 10 years old. Two of the cases are adults.

According to health officials, 45 of the people infected were not vaccinated. Forty-one of the cases are Somali-Minnesotan.

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