Hollister hospital restricts visitation after flu outbreak
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A flu outbreak at a Hollister hospital has forced hospital administration to restrict visitation at its skilled nursing facilities. As of Wednesday afternoon eight patients and four employees had contracted influenza A, administration immediately made the decisions to prohibit visitors to the convalescent nursing centers at Mabie and inside Hazel Hawkins hospital. Forty-six patients are housed in both centers. “We’re trying to keep it contained and avoid having it spread so that is why we made the determination today from recommendation by San Benito county health to restrict visitors,” said hospital spokeswoman Frankie Gallagher. When Al Valles, Sr. came with his wife to visit his mother, they were greeted with a red sign that said “no visitors allowed, due to seasonal flu activity.”“It’s scary because of what’s going on but sounds like they got it under control so that’s a good thing and hopefully everybody’s safe,” said Valles’ wife Velia Castillo.Staff were also taking precautions with many of them now donning masks in hopes of not getting the flu.The four staff members who got sick have been ordered to stay home, at least one elderly patient was hospitalized.“So what we do is monitor them closely the ones that do get really sick they get admitted to the hospital and we treat them a little more aggressively and just monitor them more closely,” said medical director, Michael Bogey.The latest health scare coming just days after county health officers announced Sunday that a Hollister couple had contracted the coronavirus after the husband traveled to china. That couple was never admitted nor treated at Hazel Hawkins hospital. “This has nothing to do with the coronavirus this is a very common flu that folks get this time of year,” said Gallagher.Hospital staff will continue to reach out to family members of the patients with updates.“We will keep the visitor restriction in place as long as we feel we need to until we see this subside,” said Gallagher

HOLLISTER, Calif. —

A flu outbreak at a Hollister hospital has forced hospital administration to restrict visitation at its skilled nursing facilities.

As of Wednesday afternoon eight patients and four employees had contracted influenza A, administration immediately made the decisions to prohibit visitors to the convalescent nursing centers at Mabie and inside Hazel Hawkins hospital. Forty-six patients are housed in both centers.

“We’re trying to keep it contained and avoid having it spread so that is why we made the determination today from recommendation by San Benito county health to restrict visitors,” said hospital spokeswoman Frankie Gallagher.

When Al Valles, Sr. came with his wife to visit his mother, they were greeted with a red sign that said “no visitors allowed, due to seasonal flu activity.”

“It’s scary because of what’s going on but sounds like they got it under control so that’s a good thing and hopefully everybody’s safe,” said Valles’ wife Velia Castillo.

Staff were also taking precautions with many of them now donning masks in hopes of not getting the flu.

The four staff members who got sick have been ordered to stay home, at least one elderly patient was hospitalized.

“So what we do is monitor them closely the ones that do get really sick they get admitted to the hospital and we treat them a little more aggressively and just monitor them more closely,” said medical director, Michael Bogey.

The latest health scare coming just days after county health officers announced Sunday that a Hollister couple had contracted the coronavirus after the husband traveled to china. That couple was never admitted nor treated at Hazel Hawkins hospital.

“This has nothing to do with the coronavirus this is a very common flu that folks get this time of year,” said Gallagher.

Hospital staff will continue to reach out to family members of the patients with updates.

“We will keep the visitor restriction in place as long as we feel we need to until we see this subside,” said Gallagher

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