Commonwealth Health is modifying its visitation guidelines during the cold and flu season.
In order to protect its patients and to prevent the spread of disease to the community, Commonwealth Health is asking people who are sneezing, coughing, running a fever or experiencing a runny nose or other respiratory symptoms to refrain from visiting patients at its hospitals.
The health care network also asks that children younger than 12 refrain from visiting the hospital at this time.
The request is aimed at protecting both patients and visitors during this season of increased cases of flu, cold and other respiratory illnesses.
Commonwealth Health hospitals are Berwick Hospital Center, First Hospital, Moses Taylor Hospital, Regional Hospital of Scranton, Tyler Memorial Hospital and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.