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New visitor restrictions are in effect for the Sault Area Hospital’s Emergency Room. Visitors will only be allowed to bring one person with them to the E-R in an attempt to prevent the spread of infection. The changes come as the number of patients with flu-like symptoms in the Emergency Department has increased. Hospital Communications and Public Affairs officer Mario Paluzzi told EZ Rock News that while the wait times are not longer than they normally would be at this time, a test for swine flu is not guaranteed. Paluzzi adds the hospital is ready if the current wave of swine flu grows and command centres can be set up in a matter of hours — stressing it’s only a matter of mobilization. He says that this may be a sign of things to come — that the flu season typically peaks a little later in the season. In the meantime, Paluzzi suggests the best thing to do if you have any flu like symptoms is to stay home and wait it out, unless symptoms deteriorate.