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Visitor Restriction From Influenza Outbreak Lifted

February 09, 2015

McCook, Nebraska—Community Hospital has lifted the temporary visitor restriction put in place from the increased number of influenza cases seen in our area.

“The number of influenza patients we are seeing has significantly decreased,” according to Sharon Conroy, RN, Community Hospital Infection Prevention. “We have seen some influenza-like illnesses in the emergency department but none have tested positive for influenza. I’m not saying the influenza season is over by any means but I feel the outbreak we were experiencing over the past three weeks is over.”

Although restrictions have lifted, those visiting patients at Community Hospital should continue to wash their hands often and not visit patients if not feeling well. Coughs should be covered by using a tissue or coughing into a sleeve.

Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting as well. Conroy said if someone has not yet gotten their flu shot, it is not too late to get vaccinated.

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