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Eau Claire hospital looks to prevent the flu from spreading between patients, staff

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The CDC reports that right now Wisconsin is seeing high levels of flu activity, and local hospitals are working to stop the spread of the virus to patients, visitors and employees.

HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital officials said they try to limit visitors from coming to the hospital during flu season, and strongly encourage everyone who does visit to wear a mask.

They also say anyone who shows signs of the flu is encouraged to get checked out.

HSHS Sacred Heart nurse educator Michelle Willcutt said being proactive is important, because the flu virus can spread quickly through the hospital and seriously affect weaker patients.

"Patients who have preexisting conditions, chronic types of conditions, asthma, diabetes, that kind of thing, their immune systems may not be as strong as others," said Willcutt. "So they can catch the flu, and usually they can get sicker with it."

She added workers are required to wash their hands regularly, and are expected to stay home if they feel under the weather.

Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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