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Features Health & Wellness Harris Regional and Swain County hospitals begin visitor restrictions

Due to the rising number of Influenza (flu) cases in the community, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital have implemented temporary flu restrictions for visitors.

These changes in visitation guidelines are a precaution against the spread of seasonal flu.

Visiting restrictions include the following:

  • Visitors need to be 12 years old or older.
  • Two visitors limit per patient at any one time.
  • Visits to patients in isolation precautions (take out for the flu) will be limited to only those persons necessary for the patient’s emotional well-being and care.
  • Visitors are to wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before entering and exiting a patient room.
  • Visitors should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue if coughing or sneezing.
  • If visitors show symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, cough, sore throat, sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, headache, nausea and/or vomiting), they will be asked to wear a mask. Those visitors may not be allowed to visit a patient.
  • If visitors are feeling ill, they are asked not to visit hospitalized patients or newborns. Please consider calling.
  • Visitation to third floor (Pediatric, Labor and Delivery, and Mother/baby units) may be further restricted as needed.

Hospital staff is working with patients and their families to ensure the final stages of a patient’s life are treated with respect and sensitivity. Arrangements can be made for a child 11 and under to visit a family member in the hospital for the last time. However, if a child has flu-like symptoms, we may need to make alternate accommodations (i.e. mask) to protect the health and safety of our patients and their families.

Contact the WestCare Infection Prevention Department if you have any questions or concerns at (828)586-7297.


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