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PR CONTACT: Frankie Gallagher
Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital
Phone: (831) 636-2644
Email: fgallagher@hazelhawkins.com

TEMPORARY VISITOR RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE AT MABIE SKILLED NURSING FACILITY
DUE TO SEASONAL FLU ACTIVITY

Hollister, Calif. – February 5, 2020: Per recommendation of San Benito County Public Health Department due to the increase of severe illness from the flu, Mabie Skilled Nursing Facility and Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital have temporarily restricted visitors to all skilled nursing residents in the two facilities.
Currently there are six confirmed Influenza-A cases among the skilled nursing residents. “It is of utmost importance to us to protect this vulnerable poplution from additional exposure to the flu” states Amy Bannister, RN, MSN, Infection Control Coordinator. “We understand that this is difficult and frustrating for residents and family members, but it is temporary. Our hope is to return to normal operations as soon as possible.”
You can help reduce the risk of flu by the following:  Getting a flu vaccine; vaccination remains the best protection.  Practicing basic hand hygiene, including hand sanitizing and hand washing.  Sanitizing and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis.  Staying home if the following symptoms are present: fever (temperature greater than 100 degrees), chills, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, and fatigue. Influenza symptoms come on quickly in the form of fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness, stuffed-up nose, and body aches. These symptoms can be severe.

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About Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital
Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital is a full-service, public agency hospital delivering modern medicine and compassionate care to the growing San Benito County community. HHMH offers hundreds of health services across multiple locations, including top-tier specialists, a modern Emergency Department, and a state-of-the-art Women’s Center. To learn more about Hazel Hawkins Hospital, please visit www.hazelhawkins.com.

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