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Bloomington Hospital Screens Visitors For Flu Symptoms

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Bloomington Hospital has begun restricting who can visit its patients, in hopes of controlling the spread of the flu virus, which has caused 27 deaths in the state.

Over the last two weeks, the emergency department has received an average of 20 to 30 patients a day presenting with flu-like symptoms.

Hospital spokesperson Amanda Roach says new screening processes will determine who can enter the hospital’s delivery department and pediatrics unit.

“That means we’ll take their temperature, if they have a fever of a 100 or greater, they are not safe to visit at that time," Roach says. "If they don’t have fever, we will then ask two or more other signs like cough, sore throat, congestion, things like that. And if they pass their screening, they are free to visit. Something different in that union as well is that siblings are able to visit no matter their age, as long as they passed their screen.”

Monroe Hospital, on the city’s southside, has no such restrictions. Spokesperson Donna Lohr says doctors there are recommending simple, household precautions as the best way to contain or prevent the flu.  

Bloomington Hospital’s Amanda Roach says it is still unclear when the restrictions will end.

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