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Sanford Health Lifts Visitor Restrictions

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Officials at Sanford Health have lifted visitor restrictions starting Friday, February 15 at the following locations in Fargo: Sanford Fargo Medical Center, Sanford South University and Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center.

On January 17, Sanford Health began a visitor restriction until the number of cases decreased and it was safe for patients. However, Sanford always discourages anyone that's not feeling well from visiting the patients.

 "We want to thank our patients, their families, friends and visitors for their understanding and cooperation during the visitor restriction", says Joan Cook, Sanford director of Infection Prevention and Control. 

Officials at Sanford say one reason for the restriction was because people can spread the illness without being sick.

Unlike the "stomach flu," which causes nausea, vomiting and digestive distress, symptoms of influenza include fever, body aches, headache, dry cough, sore throat, lethargy and loss of appetite.

Flu symptoms may last from three to four days, or in some cases one to two weeks. 

Everyone can prevent the spread of influenza by following these precautions:

  •  Frequent hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of respiratory infection. Teach your children how to wash their hands and to do so frequently.
  • Do not share items such as cups, glasses and utensils with others.
  • Avoid people with upper respiratory infections, such as colds.
  • Newborn babies should avoid visitors for two weeks.
  • Avoid child-care centers, malls, family and sports events, movie theaters and other congested places where many people are in an enclosed area.
  • Avoid visiting children who are in the hospital.
  • Avoid tobacco smoke. If people who smoke live in your home, ask them to smoke outside and to change their clothing before being around your child.
  • Be vaccinated against influenza. It's not too late to get your shot.
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