Flu Restrictions Implemented

Woman with tissue and hot drink Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital have implemented temporary flu restrictions for their visitors. These changes are a precaution against the spread of the flu. There has been a significant rise in the number of cases in our communities. Visitors to the two hospitals need to be 12 years old or older. There is also a limitation of two visitors per patient at any one time. Visits to patients in isolation will also be limited to only those persons necessary for the patients emotional well being and care. Visitors should wash hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer before entering and exiting patient rooms. If visitors are experiencing any symptoms of respiratory illness, they’ll be asked to wear a mask. We are working with patients and their families to ensure the final stages of a patient’s life are treated with respect and sensitivity. We will help families make arrangements 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.Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in preventing the spread of flu to our patients, staff, and visitors. Please contact the WestCare Infection Prevention Department if you have any questions or concerns at (828) 586-7297.Hospital Flu Restrictions