Appalachian Regional Healthcare System has halted visitations at hospitals.

In order to help protect patients, family members and health care workers from the spread of COVID-19, effective Tuesday March 24, 2020 at 7:00pm, visitors will not be allowed at Watauga Medical Center or Cannon Memorial Hospital.

Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis in the following situations:

Hospitalized minors
Patients at the end of life
Patients needing help with communication or decision making
Patients giving birth

The health and safety of patients, their families, and team members remains a top priority.

In a press release, Appalachian Regional Healthcare system thanked the public "for your understanding during this challenging time. Rest assured that our patients (your family, friends and neighbors) are receiving exceptional care from our outstanding physicians, nurses and staff."

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