An estimated 50,000 people from across the country will descend on Park City, Utah this week for the Sundance Film Festival, just as a severe nationwide flu outbreak is spreading.
Park City Medical Center is hoping to keep festival goers healthy. While staffing up in the emergency room to brace for the extra number of people in town during the film festival, the hospital is also doing what it can.
"We know that one of the best ways to prevent the flu is frequent hand sanitizing. So we will be giving out free bottles of hand sanitizers to some of the hotels, restaurants and transportation companies, asking them to give them to their guests and clients. If people slip these into their pockets or purses and use them to clean their hands, it really will help them to stay healthy and enjoy the film festival," said hospital CEO Rob Allen in a press release. "We want people to enjoy the Sundance Film Festival, and not get sick while attending it."