02/13/2013 02:36 EST | Updated 04/15/2013 05:12 EDT

Santa Cabrini Hospital to allow some visitors after outbreak

Montreal’s Santa Cabrini Hospital will be reopening its doors to some visitors for the first time since it banned visits due to a bacterial outbreak earlier this month.

The hospital had been restricting visitor access due to an outbreak of Vancomycin–resistant Enterococci (VRE).

As of Thursday, the hospital will allow for one visitor at a time per patient between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Children under 12 are still forbidden from visiting patients at the hospital.

In an email to CBC News, Santa Crabini spokesman Rocco Famiglietti said the number of cases of VRE carriers at the hospital has dropped from 69 to 35.

Those patients have been placed a specific floor and are being cared for by staff wearing sterile gear such as jackets and gloves.