Visitor restrictions put into place at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing in hopes of slowing the spread of flu have yet to be copied at other area hospitals.

But hospital officials everywhere are reminding visitors to stay away, if unwell.

“We always ask that anyone who is ill with a fever or respiratory illness not visit patients in the hospital,” said Dr. Andrew Thompson, an infectious disease specialist at St. Luke’s hospital.

Fairview Health Services, which includes the Hibbing hospital, announced this week that it was implementing the restrictions in all seven of its hospitals, effective Thursday.