BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has temporarily restricted its visitor policy to help protect the community, patients and staff due to the significant increase in influenza and flu-like viral infections. The hospital requests that people who have the flu or flu-like symptoms not visit patients. These symptoms include cough, fever, diarrhea, rash or known exposure to a contagious illness in the past 14 days. Additionally, no visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed in the hospital until further notice.Anyone who has these symptoms and due to extenuating circumstances must visit a patient, will be required to obtain a mask on entry to the hospital and to follow these recommendations: wash or sanitize hands before and after visiting; stay in the patient's hospital room; do not visit other patients;limit visitors to a maximum of two visitors per patient room at any time.
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