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Flu prompts Johnston Health visitor restrictions

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SMITHFIELD — During the weekend of Dec. 28-30, the emergency departments at Johnston Health saw an uptick in the number of influenza and respiratory viruses among its patients and in the community.

To ensure patient safety, the hospital is restricting children ages 11 and under from visiting at hospital campuses in Smithfield and Clayton.

Hospital spokeswoman Suzette Rodriguez said the restriction remains in effect through the remainder of flu season.