Local rehab center prepares for the flu

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Mesa County is closing in on 100 flu hospitalizations this season, with 16 cases in this past week.

As the numbers continue to rise, Mesa County Public Health said those most at risk, like the elderly, pregnant women, and children should take extra precaution.

Staff at the Welbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center said they have only had one case of the flu so far. In order to keep everybody safe, they ask everyone to wear a mask, use hand sanitizer and stay home if they're sick

"We want to protect everybody here at Welbrook,” said the executive director Lucie Frahm-Hazard.

It’s a lesson in extreme cleanliness.

"Everybody right now is just being kept in their rooms so that we don't spread any symptoms or signs and symptoms of the flu,” said Frahm-Hazard.

“As you get older, your immune system gets weaker and as it gets weaker you become susceptible to ammonia with influenza as well and we just want to prevent all complications,” said care manager Mark Ketchum.

Welbrook said it will continue with these precautions until Friday.

They currently have 15 residents and dozens of open beds for anyone interested in staying at the facility.

They will be having an open house to tour the facility on Jan 17 at 4 p.m.

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