Officials at Howard County General Hospital this week lifted a ban that kept all nonpatient children younger than 16 from visiting. Issued in late October, the ban was designed to curb the spread of the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu. The measure also restricted visitors to immediate family members and allowed intensive care unit patients only two visitors at a time. Visitors are still encouraged to use hand sanitizer or soap and water before and after patient contact. People with colds or fever should not visit the hospital.
- Howard County Times