Mayo Clinic is making it easier for its approximately 32,000 Rochester employees to call in sick to work.
They can just call their direct supervisors; until further notice there's no need to call Occupational Health.
The reason: The clinic doesn't want to get overwhelmed by "worried well" who are sick from influenza A-H1N1.
Mayo also sounded a note of relief Friday about the evolving situation. "We're seeing lots of cases, with fairly mild illness for the most part," said Dr. Robin Molella, an occupational and preventive-medicine specialist at Mayo.
Post-Bulletin by Jeff Hansel, 09/19/09