Hospitals have increased restrictions for visitors.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System facilities recently enacted visitor restrictions at Watauga Medical Center and Cannon Memorial Hospital. Designated visitors must have their temperature checked before entering. One designated visitor is allowed per patient between 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, visitors who are sick are not allowed to visit patients. Visitors must be 13 or older. No vendors are allowed and waiting rooms and cafeterias are closed to the public. Only those who are essential to your care may come with you to appointments at medical offices and outpatient clinics in the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. APPRHS recently launched a community-wide telehealth COVID-19 screening program through a partnership with RelyMD, and has established a hospital incident command center. Additional details are online at https://apprhs.org/covid19/

Wake Forest Baptist Health facilities have implemented strong restrictions in an effort to protect patients and families as well as health care workers. Effective last Friday night, no visitors will be allowed at any of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s inpatient facilities. There are some exceptions including hospitalize minors and patients at the end of life, patients giving birth and those with communication or decision and mobility issues. Even with those exemptions, there are still limitations, generally just two family members per day. Children 12 and under, including siblings of patients, may not visit. Access will be limited to certain entrances at each hospital, and all visitors will undergo screening for fever, cough or other symptoms of respiratory illness. These restrictions are in place at all Wake Forest Baptist facilities, including Wilkes Medical Center in Wilkesboro. Updated information can be found at www.wakehealth.edu.