MARSHFIELD – Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield has set temporary visitor restrictions for its hospital Birth Center starting today, Jan. 6, the medical center announced today. These measures are in place to protect patients, especially newborns, because of high levels of respiratory illness in surrounding communities.

While restrictions are in place, all visitors to the birth center must be free of illness and at least 18 years old. The number of visitors allowed are limited to the two designated labor and delivery support people and grandparents.

“We carefully monitor flu and respiratory illness in our hospitals and community,” said Dr. William Melms, Marshfield Clinic Health System chief medical officer, in a news release. “When reported levels are moderate or high we implement a restricted visitor policy. The exposure risk is assessed regularly and restrictions will be lifted as soon as possible.”