Newton Medical Center restricts visitors

Newton Medical Center is restricting visitors who are 12 or younger, effective immediately, to reduce the risk of possible exposure to the H1N1 virus.

The restriction applies to both inpatient and emergency department patient rooms.

The emergency department has reported an increase in the number of patients in the past 24 hours, and about a quarter of those with flu symptoms have tested positive for influenza, hospital officials said.

"We are seeing entire families over the past 24 hours that are testing positive," said Jo Miller, the emergency department's nurse manager.