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Local Hospital Modifies Visitor Policies To Fight The Flu
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on January 18, 2013 @ 7:30PM
Created on January 18, 2013 @ 6:19PM
 
Starting on Sunday Ruby Memorial Hospital and WVU Children's Hospital visitors will have to pay attention to new and stricter policies.
Officials at the hospital are doing their part to stop the spread of the flu.
 
All across the country health officials have reported widespread cases of the virus.
 
In the Mountain State there have been 1,300 confirmed cases of the flu.
 
Officials at WVU Healthcare told 5 News they've been luck because they haven't been hit as hard, but they're not taking any chances.
 
Starting on Sunday visitors to the hospital will have to sign in at the front desk and wear a badge. Patients will be limited to only having two visitors at a time.
 
Officials are also asking kids younger than 12 and any anyone who has recently had the flu to stay home. If you're spotted at the hospital with flu like symptoms you'll be asked to wear a mask.
 
Doctor Ron Pelligrino, an internal medicine physician with the hospital, said they're not trying to keep folks from their loved ones they're just trying to keep everyone healthy.
 
"We want to make sure we're providing the safest environment we can," Pelligrino said. "The flu is easily transmitted from person to person."

This isn't the first time hospital officials changed their visitor policy. They also implemented similar policies when the H1N1 virus was going around.
 
Pelligrino also asked visitors to get in the habit of regular hand washing.
 
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