Published in Hospital Business Week, January 12th, 2004
Some hospitals have tightened restrictions on visitors, going as far as to provide masks and waterless handwash in waiting areas to cut down on the spread of the disease. And patients are flooding emergency rooms.
"We're on a pace to have our busiest December on record," said Shawn Mawhiney, spokesman for the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, Connecticut.
From December 1-17, the eastern Connecticut hospital has seen 2362 patients go through its emergency room, a 22% increase over the same period in 2002, Mawhiney said.
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