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Hospitals lifting restrictions as flu cases decline

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- As the number of H1N1 cases in kids 18 and under continues to drop, some Eastern Iowa hospital are lifting restrictions on visitors.

Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls and Mercy Hospital in Oelwein will now allow visitors 18 and under into their facilities. 

The hospitals will continue to monitor conditions and if the situation changes, they will consider all options to protect the safety of patients, staff and visitors. 

They continue to ask that all visitors be in good health.  They are asking visitors who have had flu-like symptoms in the last seven days to refrain from visiting. 

Those symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Occasional diarrhea or vomiting

All visitors are required to wash hands with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand foam/gel upon entering and exiting a patient’patient's room. If you are visiting an ill patient, you may be required to wear a mask.

Staff members may ask visitors to wear a mask or to leave the patient care area if they are coughing or sneezing.

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