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Sky Lakes Medical Center on Monday lifted the temporary safety measures put in place in January to help prevent the spread of flu.
Under the temporary measures, anyone 18 and younger was restricted from visiting patients in the Emergency Department or in the inpatient care areas of the medical center without specific permission.
“The number of patients admitted with flu-like illness, the number of flu tests done, and the number of positive tests are all significantly down from the peak earlier in the season, so the restrictions are no longer necessary,” said Lindsay Hamilton, RN, of the Sky Lakes Infection Control Department.
That means, as of today, the restrictions are lifted and visitation rules return to normal, she said.
“It is still important that, regardless of where you are, remember ‘cough etiquette’ and proper hand hygiene,” Hamilton added.
“Cough etiquette” includes covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and place the used tissue in a wastebasket, or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands, she explained. Wash your hands with warm water and soap or clean them with an alcohol-based hand cleaner.