Va. health facilities take steps reduce flu spread

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — More than two dozen health care facilities in Hampton Roads are asking visitors wear surgical masks to reduce the spread of the flu.

Media outlets report that the policy is effective Tuesday for 26 hospitals, free-standing emergency rooms, health clinics, doctors’ offices and urgent care centers.

Surgical masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the facilities’ entrances.

The Virginia Department of Health has reported that flu activity was widespread during the third week of December. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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