Utica, NY (WIBX) - Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare is placing restrictions on visitors in light of an increase in the number of patients exhibiting flu-like and flu symptoms.

Effective immediately and until further notice only adults ages 18 and older will be permitted to visit patients.  Additional restrictions are being placed in the maternity and pediatric wards.  Only parents, grandparents, and birthing coaches may visit these departments.

Hospital officials are asking visitors to use common sense.  If potential visitors feel ill, or are showing any evidence of respiratory problems, they are being asked to delay visits until they feel better.  If someone suspects that he or she may have the flu that person is urged to contact a healthcare provider.

Anyone with questions may call the hospital directly at: (315) 624.6000.