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MU Health Care once again limiting visitors in hospitals, clinics due to spread of omicron variant

Nathan Lawrence

MU Health Care is once again tightening restrictions on hospital and clinic visitors, as COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the region – largely due to the omicron variant.

Starting today, January 10, adult inpatients at University Hospital who don't have COVID-19 will be permitted one specific visitor for their entire hospital stay.

And no visitors will be permitted for adult patients diagnosed with COVID-19 – according to a news release from MU Health Care.

Pediatric patients at University Hospital and Women’s Hospital will still be allowed up to two parents or guardians.

According to the Boone County, MO COVID-19 Information Hub, as of last Friday, the hospital status of Boone County was yellow.

There were 135 COVID positive patients in Boone County hospitals – 30 of whom were in the ICU and 17 on ventilators.

Rebecca Smith is an award-winning reporter and producer for the KBIA Health & Wealth Desk. Born and raised outside of Rolla, Missouri, she has a passion for diving into often overlooked issues that affect the rural populations of her state – especially stories that broaden people’s perception of “rural” life.