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Flu epidemic hits the coulee

Advice offered on what to do


A photographer's stock photo of a sneeze illustrates the capacity for droplets to spread illness. - Adobe Stock photo by RioPatuca Images

When Coulee Medical Center's infection control nurse went home for the weekend a couple weeks ago, the state of Washington was in the green, but had turned dark red by Monday morning.

Those are the colors that represent the best and the worst cases on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's map of the spread of flu across the country.

Sandy Edwards is the infection control czar at the local hospital, which was recognized by the state Dept. of Health this year for its control procedures, which include those face masks at the front door, hand sanitizers everywhere, and instilling in...

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