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North Adams Hospital Restricts Visitors to Prevent Flu Spread

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10:14PM / Monday, January 14, 2013
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The hospital has implemented restrions on visitors to curb the spread of influenza.

North Adams Regional Hospital is asking that children under the age of 14 not to visit — including the birthing center — and only two visitors at a time for a patient. Anyone with flu or symptoms are also asked to restrain from visiting.

"We’re taking all appropriate steps to try to contain the spread of the flu," said NARH infection preventionist Michael Raczynski in a prepared statement. "These changes to our visitors policy, while temporary, will help keep our patients, employees, and visitors healthy."

Raczynski also encourages all visitors to take advantage of handwash stations located at the main and Emergency Department entrances. The stations include waterless hand cleaner, masks, and tissues.

"The single most effective way to halt the flu is with good hand hygiene," said Raczynski.

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