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CHI Memorial hospital in Chattanooga

The local Catholic Health Initiatives Memorial has asked associates, guests and the public not to use any of the health care system's facilities to play Pokémon Go.

"Patient safety and privacy are our top priorities," says Rhonda Poulson, senior vice president and chief nursing officer. "This game can cause unwanted distraction to those providing and receiving medical care in our hospitals and medical facilities."

Poulson wants to ensure CHI Memorial provides efficient care for its patients and reduces the risk of exposure to infections, due to the possibility of Pokémon Go players entering sterile areas, he said. 

"We're asking to be removed as a game location and that our associates and guests turn the application off while on our campuses."

The app, Pokémon Go launched two weeks ago and has quickly become a historical sensation around the world. There are more daily users for this app than for Twitter.

Businesses such as restaurants have used their positions as locations and other in-game features of Pokémon Go to attract players to their stores. However, several sites, from national monuments and museums to cemeteries and hospitals, have also asked to be removed as Pokémon Go locations.

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