Guthrie Implements Visitor Restrictions as Flu Season Continues

(18 NEWS) - Guthrie has now placed visitor restrictions in all of its hospitals in New York and Pennsylvania.

Hospital officials say it's because of an increase in flu cases across the region.

The hospital will now block children under the age of 12 and anyone with fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, or nasal congestion in the past 24 hours.

Masks and hand sanitizers are available to other visitors.

Health officials across the U.S. continue to urge people to get their flu vaccines as the virus spreads in 40 states and Puerto Rico. The flu is also associated with 20 pediatric deaths, seven of them reported just in the last week.

The latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says over 14,000 cases of influenza a have been reported across the country.

Fifty-one of 54 U.S. states and territories are experiencing elevated levels of flu and flu-like illnesses.

Flu activity is "high" to "extremely high" in 24 regions. Symptoms include a fever or chills, headache and muscle soreness.

 

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