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Winona Health visitor restrictions lifted due to decreased influenza activity

March 31, 2018 GMT

Winona Health’s Infection Control Committee has lifted visitor restrictions for the hospital due to decreased influenza activity effective Thursday, March 29.

Even though visitor restrictions will no longer be in effect, all visitors to the hospital are still encouraged to follow good hand-washing techniques and cover their coughs. Visitors experiencing flu-like symptoms are encouraged to stay home until they have recovered from their illness.

Winona Health continues to encourage everyone to adopt these simple, everyday practices to help limit spread of colds and flu:

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Then throw away the tissue. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve rather than into your hands.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.