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Pleasant View back open to visitors
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MONROE - Pleasant View Nursing Home has reopened to visitors, administrator Don Stoor announced Thursday.

The Monroe nursing home had been closed to visitors for about two weeks to limit the spread of a Norovirus that was affecting residents there. The facility initially was closed to outside visitors during the week of Feb. 2.

Stoor said the decision to allow visitors again was made after he and the medical staff at the nursing home talked earlier this week.

He does want people who have recently recovered from the flu or colds to wait a few days before they come to visit anyone at the home.

Stoor said patients at the nursing home haven't shown any symptoms of the Norovirus, which had spread throughout the home earlier this month. According to the Center for Disease Control's Web site,, the Noroviruses are "a group of viruses that cause the 'stomach flu.'"

The CDC's Web site said people contract the disease by coming into contact with others who are infected and showing symptoms, by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with Norovirus and then placing their hands in their mouth, or by sharing foods or eating utensils with someone who is ill.

Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and some stomach cramping. The virus also can cause low fevers, chills, headaches, muscle aches and a general sense of tiredness.

Visiting hours at Pleasant View Nursing home are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. However, Stoor said the home doesn't automatically open or close at those hours and people are able to come earlier in the morning and stay later at night.