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Nursing homes taking extra precautions against the flu

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With the growing numbers of reported flu cases in the Midwest, many communities are taking extra precautions to stay virus-free.

One of them is the Good Samaritan Center nursing home facility in Sioux Falls. At the building's main entrance, there's a notice to all visitors which reads if anyone has flu or cold symptoms to please reschedule the visit for another time.

Staff members say it's an important message for everyone. In the building, they have a number of hand sanitizer containers, and signs encouraging everyone to wash their hands.

Registered nurse Angie Beek says in a place like this with just under 100 elderly residents, it's especially important to keep symptoms away to prevent any chance of developing the flu in the building.

"In any facility, especially with Elderly and children, they are more susceptible to infection. We just want to make the public aware that if they are sick, try to avoid coming to visit. more importantly, if you have family and friends who are sick, try and visit another day," Angie Beek said.

She said, because of this, many residents have taken to Skype, e-mail and longer phone calls with relatives in the Sioux Empire just to take an extra step towards safety to keep everyone, including staff members, inside the building flu-free.

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