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Hospital Flu Restrictions

Effective January 2, 2014
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. This safety measure was put in place to prevent the spread of illness. Visiting restrictions include the following:
  • Visitors need to be 12 years old or older.
  • There is a limit of two visitors 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 patients 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, we are asking them not to visit hospitalized patients or newborns. Please consider calling.
  • Visitation to 3rd floor (Pediatric, Labor and Delivery, and Mother/baby units) may be further restricted as needed.
  • We are working with patients and their families to ensure the final stages of a patients 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.

These restrictions include the entire Mission Health system, which includes: CarePartners, Transvania Regional Hospital, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, McDowell Hospital, and Angel Medical Center.

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.


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