There is an ugly stomach bug running through the state of Virginia, and it has made it way to Bristol, Va., and the surrounding Tri-Cities area. Known by its official name, norovirus, it is expected to really create a problem by Christmas. In a Dec. 12 report, WJHL confirms that a norovirus outbreak is occurring, but residents in the Bristol area already know this.
Hospitals and facilities like National Health Care (NHC) in Bristol, Va., have to take special procedural precautions during an outbreak like this. NHC serves both temporary and permanent residents at this facility, and those who are elderly or just recovering from surgery or illness are particularly susceptible to this stomach ailment. And, of course, dehydration is always a concern.
NHC has responsibly and promptly attempted to isolate affected patients and their roommates, and they have curtailed some social activities to limit the spread of the virus. Visitors are met with signs on the door notifying the public of the outbreak, and they are urged to come back at a later visit. Face masks, gowns, and sanitizer is available for those who still have a need to visit a room that has been designated as isolated.
Be sure and see the video above that explains norovirus and how to protect yourself from it during this outbreak in the Bristol region.
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