Because the number of influenza cases has rapidly increased throughout the region, Wake Forest Baptist Health began temporary visitor restrictions on Wednesday January 8, including Wilkes Medical Center.

Under the restrictions, children age 12 and under may not visit inpatients.

Exceptions for extenuating family circumstances may be allowed, but parents or guardians must first check with the patient’s nurse.

Healthy adult visitors and healthy family members age 13 and older are welcome to visit patients.

Wake Forest Baptist hospitals will continue to monitor the influenza rates daily and will take appropriate steps to further restrict visitors, if needed, or lift the restrictions when the number of flu cases decreases.

The decision to enact temporary visitor restrictions is a collaborative effort among Wake Forest Baptist Health and six other regional health systems: Atrium Health, Blue Ridge Health, CaroMont Health, Cone Health, Novant Health and Randolph Health.