Local hospitals are bracing for the worst. Medical officials are taking unusual precautions to stop the spread of the flu virus.
The staff at Lincoln's St. Elizabeth Medical Center is on high alert. Anybody coming into the ER or hospital with flu like symptoms is asked to put on a mask.
They're also limiting visitors in the pediatric and neo natal wings of the hospital. Only parents are allowed to visit. In other areas officials are asking people to reconsider visiting.
Infection Control Coordinator at St. E's, Lori Snyder says, "To routinely mask people who come in the door based on symptoms and exclude visitors is very unusual. In the 20 years I've been here, this is the first time we've taken precautions."
Officials say these precautions will continue until the epidemic was over.