Due to the high incidence of flu, Delta County Memorial Hospital is imposing visitor restrictions on children. No one 12 and under will be allowed in patient areas until further notice. Jody Roeber, chief clinical officer, said the double doors on the second floor are being closed to the medical-surgical unit.

Flu season in Colorado is peaking currently, and Delta County is experiencing more flu cases as well, commented Jessica Walters, infection prevention nurse at DCMH.

After absentee rates approached 25 percent at Paonia Elementary School last week, school administrators began contacting parents. District superintendent Caryn Gibson said administrators learned not all absences were due to illness. In fact, when she personally visited Paonia Elementary School on Monday, just 15 students were absent.

Those who need to visit the hospital are encouraged to use the masks that are available in the front lobby. If you are ill, please do not come to visit patients.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are three steps you can take to fight the flu:

1) Stop germs (wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer).

2) Vaccinate.

3) Take antiviral drugs if prescribed by your provider.

Flu is a respiratory illness caused by the flu virus that can infect the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Complications of flu may be bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and worsening of chronic medical conditions.


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