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Published October 16, 2009, 10:06 PM

Businesses Take Precautions To Fight Flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says swine flu is now causing widespread illness in 41 states....including North Dakota and Minnesota.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says swine flu is now causing widespread illness in 41 states....including North Dakota and Minnesota.

The CDC also warns that because of production delays, vaccine supplies will be even more scarce than expected through this month.

Doing whatever they can to prevent spreading illness is of high priority to local businesses.

Aside from the recommended hand washing, they are taking things a step further to keep not only their staff safe but people coming into there store as well.

Boggy: The threat of the flu is building and with vaccinations not yet available, places with high volumes of traffic are doing everything they can to prevent spreading germs.

Amanda Simpson: Washing our hands more, our boss is encouraging us not to come in if we're sick.

Boggy: In addition to that, stylists at SuperCuts are wiping down their work stations more thoroughly and have added a bottle of hand sanitizer to cut down on transmission.

Amanda Simpson: We have a bottle of hand sanitizer up there that clients can use, anybody can use it I guess so that you don't pass your sickness on.

Boggy: SuperCuts isn't the only place taking extra steps in the fight against the flu, the YMCA has also unlocked there locker rooms so a community key no longer has to be used to get in.

Debbie Thompson: Those keys are no longer being passed out. We do have some individuals with their own keys so it's not being transferred back and forth but otherwise we're not handling them multiple times.

Boggy: The YMCA has also made cleaning a priority; not only for usual cleaning staff, but everyone working as well.

Debbie Thompson: We have our routine cleaning procedures that we have in place but we have intensified that and it's been the responsibility of everyone, not just the custodial crew.

Boggy: Being no stranger to kids, the YMCA and SuperCuts are urging people to stay at home if they have any flu-like symptoms.

Debbie Thompson: Teachers are working with the students and reinforcing proper hand washing and etiquette and encouraging parents that if theres any signs and symptoms that there children have to keep there children at home.

Boggy: Just like at SuperCuts, hand sanitizing stations have been set up all over the Y, along with sanitizing wipes for the machines.

Debbie Thompson: We already have sanitizing wipes that we ask members to wipe the equipment down immediately after finishing there workout but we also have our fitness center staff that are going around and routinely cleaning throughout the day.

As of right now neither business has had any major problems. The YMCA does however want parents to be aware that if the problem escalates they may temporarily close, so finding a back up day care provider would be good plan.

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