A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital lifted restrictions on visitors to patients, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Last week, the Oneonta hospital imposed age and relation limits on visitors to prevent the spread of a contagious gastrointestinal virus.

Fox has admitted no additional patients with norovirus, or "stomach bug," since the middle of last week, said Maggie Barnes, director of community affairs at Fox, on Monday. No patients currently admitted had symptoms of the virus. The Emergency Department staff saw normal numbers of gastrointestinal illness over the weekend.

However, officials requested that anyone who is sick refrain from visiting a hospital patient or nursing-home resident. Norovirus symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea.

Fox has been in contact with the county and state health departments, including conversations Monday that brought about the resumption of normal visiting hours at Fox, according to a media release from Barnes.

Statewide statistics show that there was a peak of this illness in the Capital District in January and February. Health officials are hopeful that what our community experienced is the latter stages of the infection cycle.

Officials are urging residents to continue good hygiene by frequent hand-washing, covering the mouth and nose during a cough or sneeze, and staying home from work or school if ill.

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