Scotland Memorial lifts visitor ban

Staff report

LAURINBURG — Scotland Health Care System has lifted visitor restrictions that were instituted this past February because of the flu.

As of Monday, children under the age of 12 are once again permitted to visit Scotland Memorial Hospital.

Hospital officials said they have been monitoring the number of flu cases at the health care system as well as the number of local and regional flu cases. The flu numbers have waned to the point that officials feel the “flu season” is over in this area.

From October through May, the North Carolina Division of Public Health provided weekly updates on the spread of the influenza in North Carolina.

“We want to thank our community members for their patience and cooperation during this past flu season,” said Dr. Cheryl Davis, Chief Medical Officer. “Your assistance helped to limit the spread of the flu.”

Davis offers these defenses against the flu:

— Vaccination is still the best protection available * Wash your hands often with soap and water and frequently clean your living area and commonly-used surfaces such as doorknobs, refrigerator handles, remote controls, computer keyboards, counter tops, faucet handles, and bathroom areas

— Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze

— Avoid touching your face, nose or mouth

— Avoid contact with people who are sick

Staff report

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