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Banner Health Lifts Visitor Restrictions at all Facilities

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One of the nations's largest health care providers, Banner Health, has lifted visitor restrictions at all of its facilities. Restrictions for the cold and flu season were put into place back in October which is a little earlier than usual due to the outbreak of the Enterovirus D68 across the country.

This was all part of precautions set forth by Banner Health for everyone that visits their facilities. 

We're continuously committed to the safety of our patients, visitors, employees and volunteers,” said Joan Ivaska, senior director of Infection Prevention for Banner Health. “This is typically the time of year when we see fewer cases of cold and flu. However, we recommend people still remain vigilant because you can still get sick. If you are planning to visit the hospital and feel you may be coming down with the flu or a cold, we ask that you take every precaution, like staying home instead, or making sure that you wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when you visit.”  

The CDC recommends that people get the flu shot every year to help prevent transmission of the illness. Banner's “No Flu for You” campaign requires all employees to be vaccinated against influenza. Employees who choose not to be vaccinated must either wear a mask during the cold and flu season while at work or forego employment at Banner.  

In addition to these precautions, to avoid getting sick, the CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water frequently; avoid contact with eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.   

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