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Spike in flu cases force NC hospitals to limit access
Rules curtail visiting formats across state
 
Published Monday, January 13, 2020 8:23 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

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Atrium Health and Novant Health imposed restrictions on visitor access as a result of the spread of influenza in the region.

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Atrium Health and Novant Health are joining North Carolina hospital companies in limiting access during a spike in flu cases.


The restrictions, which started Jan. 8, are a result of the spread of influenza in the region.


Atrium Health is joining Wake Forest Baptist Health, Caromont Health, Cone Health, Novant Health and Randolph Health in restricting access to children 12 and younger at the same date and time to prevent confusion among the public. This unified response also helps better control the spread of flu throughout the region.


Atrium Health hospitals in the Charlotte area are affected by the tighter visitation policy and officials also asking people of all ages with flu-like symptoms to help control its spread by not visiting patients in the hospital while ill. Flu symptoms include fever, headaches/body aches/pain, cough or sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.

 

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If extraordinary circumstances require a person with flu symptoms to visit a hospital patient, he or she will be asked to wear a surgical mask to prevent spreading the germs.


To reduce your risk of getting the flu, health officials recommend frequent hand washing with soap or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. They also urge people to not touch their eyes, nose or mouth with hands, cover a cough/sneeze, and get a flu shot.  


Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care but should stay home and avoid contact with others. People with flu should rest, drink fluids and take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce minor pain or fever.

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