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Published on February 23, 2017

Cone Health Restricts Children 12 and Under From Visiting Patients

Cone Health joins others in taking the steps due to the high level of flu in the area. 


Cone Health joins other regional health systems in restricting children 12 and younger from entering its hospitals. Adults who have the flu or flu symptoms also should not visit. These restrictions are effective Friday, February 24, at 7 am. This change does not apply to those seeking emergency care or to patients. Cone Health—along with Novant Health, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Carolinas HealthCare System is taking a unified approach in implementing restrictions to help avoid confusion among patients.  

“People who have underlying conditions such as cancer and kidney disease and pregnant women are especially susceptible to the flu,” says Cone Health Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Bruce Swords, MD. “We are asking for the community’s help in keeping the flu away from our patients.” Nearly 10 percent of people seeking care in Cone Health emergency departments and urgent care centers have the flu or flu symptoms.

These restrictions apply to lobbies, waiting areas, cafeterias and patient rooms of all Cone Health facilities including Alamance Regional Medical Center, Annie Penn Hospital, Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital, Moses Cone Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital, Women’s Hospital and Cone Health MedCenters.

While children 12 and younger may not come into Cone Health facilities except for care during this outbreak, exceptions can be made for special circumstances such as to visit a dying family member.

“Most of us will feel better in a week by staying home, getting plenty of rest and treating flu symptoms with over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen,” says Swords. For individuals who experience fever lasting several days, Cone Health recommends that they seek the advice of a physician.

More information about the flu is available at and from the Centers for Disease Control at:

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