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Hospitals Roll Out Flu-Season Visitor Guidelines

Rupert Millard

New rules are being rolled out at Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Health Partners, Ellis Medicine, Saratoga Hospital and Glens Falls Hospital, to further protect patients from influenza and other infectious diseases. Implementation of the new guidelines began Friday at some of the hospitals and start Monday at others.The hospitals are requesting only two visitors in a patients room at any one time; NO one allowed who has any respiratory symptoms, rash or diarrhea and no children 12 and under (who are more likely to have and transmit respiratory infections) - The same guidelines were developed and temporarily implemented in 2009 during the H1N1 flu epidemic.

Flu has broken out in every county in New York State: Health officials say the number of patients admitted to hospitals with confirmed influenza spiked 55 percent last week. Doctors say the best defense is a flu shot. Here's a handy Flu Vaccine Finder.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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