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Mercy restricts visits over flu concerns

This news story was published on December 30, 2018.
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Mercy Hospital in Mason City

MASON CITY – Visitation restriction are now in effect at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City over flu concerns.

For the protection of  patients and to prevent the further spread of influenza, Mercy – North Iowa initiated the following visitation restrictions:

• Visitors with respiratory or influenza-like symptoms are restricted from visiting hospitalized patients.
• Visitation of patients in isolation is limited to significant other or spouse, and parents or guardians plus two visitors.

“We realize there may be circumstances that need special consideration; in those cases please call the nurse in charge on the unit you wish to visit before visiting the hospital,” the hospital said in a statement.

“As we work to provide a safe environment for our patients and staff, we apologize for any inconvenience this visitation restriction may cause. We will continue to monitor conditions and remove the restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so.

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