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Akron-area hospitals are making restrictions in light of flu season
The Akron Regional Hospital Association is barring anyone with flu-like symptoms from visiting its hospitals
by WKSU's OZIE IKUENOBE

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Ozie Ikuenobe
 

With the outbreak of influenza hitting Ohio hard this season, many hospitals are restricting visitors to protect patients.

Sarah Metzger is director of the Akron Regional Hospital Association. She says hospitals usually encourage healthy people to visit year-round. But not now.

Metzger on hospital restrictions

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“We’re encouraging anyone who has any flu-related symptoms—runny nose, fever, body aches, muscle aches, any of that—to stay home. The other thing that we’re asking is that we try and limit the visitation to two patients per room. And then the final thing is we’re really encouraging all children to stay home.”

The Ohio Department of Health is reporting more than 12-hundred people had been hospitalized with flu-like symptoms as of January 1. A year ago, that number was less than 100.

Metzger says everyone should pay be sure to wash their hands and practice good hygiene in order to prevent the spread of the flu.

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