CVPH Medical Center has changed its policy on visiting newborns, at least for now.
Starting this week, no one under the age of 16 will be allowed to visit the newborn unit or pediatrics at the Plattsburgh hospital. This is in response to the increase of RSV-- a respiratory virus which can be dangerous for infants and young children.
The hospital chose to restrict access from February to May because that is when RSV is most prevalent.
"Sixteen and under. This is the population because they are school age where the virus is spread around. We are doing it temporarily and again it's to protect our little ones," said Maria Hayes of CVPH.
CVPH has had 26 confirmed cases of RSV at the hospital since October.