SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- More local medical facilities are implementing new visitor policies amid growing global concern over the coronavirus.

Mercy Medical Center said on Monday that the new restrictions take effect immediately at:

  • Mercy Medical Center, Springfield
  • Providence Behavioral Health Hospital, Holyoke
  • Family Life Center for Maternity, Springfield
  • Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital, Springfield

The move, officials said, was "a result of potential cases of COVID-19 in the state and surrounding states" and in an effort to protect patients and employees.

The temporary restrictions are as follows:

  • Limit of one visitor per patient
  • No visitors under 14 years old
  • Do not visit if you have symptoms of a cold, the flu, or COVID-19

"We recognize that the care and support of your loved ones is important. With proper authorization in place, we commit to communicating with family and friends as frequently as possible," officials said in a statement.

NOTE: Cooley Dickinson's visitor policy was further updated on March 17.  Click here for the latest information

Meanwhile, Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton is also changing visitor guidelines.  Those restrictions include:

  • Limit one visitor at a time
  • No children under age 16
  • If you have recently visited Iran, Italy, China, Japan, or South Korea, or other areas where coronavirus has been reported - or if you have been in contact with someone who is sick and has been to one of those countries - postpone your visit to Cooley Dickinson
  • If you have upper respiratory symptoms - including fever, sore throat, or cough - postpone your visit to Cooley Dickinson until you feel better

Similar temporary measures were also recently instituted at Baystate Health and their local hospitals.

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