Hospital expands visiting hours

   Northfield Hospital is returning to its standard visiting hours in response to a decline in the number of new H1N1 cases being tracked locally, state-wide and nationally.

   Visiting hours have now returned to the standard 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in all medical areas of the hospital and the Long Term Care Center. Visitors should still use good judgment and stay away if they have cold or flu-like symptoms, such as a cough, fever or sore throat.

    Public health officials caution that there could be a third wave of H1N1 flu after the holidays. They ask that people remain vigilant in taking precautionary measures to minimize the spread of flu or colds. They advise people to cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow and teach those around you to do the same. Wash hands frequently with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Don’t touch your hands to your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.

    They also encourage people to get their seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccinations when they are available to them.