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Legacy Health activates visitor restrictions at hospitals

Influenza outbreak reaches epidemic levels

Legacy Health — including Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center in Gresham — is taking steps to control the spread of the flu virus.

Legacy reports that nearly one-third of all people tested last week at Legacy facilities were positive for the flu.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, this year's influenza outbreak has reached epidemic levels and experts say it is unusually early in the season for these rates of infection.

In response to increased hospitalizations of patients with the flu, Legacy Health has implemented the following visitor restrictions immediately:

• No more than two visitors per patient at one time.

• Hospital visitors ages 18 and younger are limited to immediate family members only.

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