Hospital Seeing Rise in Flu Activity



       Northern Hospital of Surry County is experiencing an increase in the number of influenza (flu) cases that are being seen in the outpatient clinics, the Emergency Department and in the hospital. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity is increasing nationwide. North Carolina and Virginia are reporting widespread flu activity. Because of this, infection control measures are of upmost importance:

     • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
     • Sneeze into the bend of your arm or a tissue, not into your hands
     • If you are sick, stay home as much as possible except to get medical care
     • If you are seeking treatment at the hospital, please wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms. Masks are located at all entrances to the hospital.

     • It is strongly advised that you do not visit patients in the hospital or the Skilled Nursing Facility if you experience mild flu-like illness, cough, sore throat, head and body aches, and a fever of at least 100 degrees in the past 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications.

     If you need more information about influenza, you may check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at



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