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Published on February 04, 2015

Cone Health Joins Area Health Systems in Lifting Visitor Flu Restrictions

Cone Health joins other local health systems in lifting restrictions on visitors 18 and younger from entering its hospitals. Cone Health—along with High Point Regional Health, Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center— are ending visitor restrictions at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5. Visitor restrictions at Cone Health began Dec. 29 to protect patients from flu, which was widespread in our region.

Cone Health tracks the number of people coming into emergency departments with flu symptoms. Those numbers went from a high of 601 during the week of Dec. 21 to 356 last week.

 “This has been an especially bad flu season and I want to thank the public for understanding the situation and cooperating in our efforts to protect our patients,” says Cone Health Chief Clinical Officer Mary Jo Cagle, MD. “While the flu has not disappeared from our community, the number of cases has reached the point where we feel our patients are safe.”

Cone Health still encourages the public to clean their hands when entering hospitals or going into patient care areas and to avoid coming to the hospital to visit patients if they have fevers or other symptoms of illness.

Cone Health treated more than 3,300 people with influenza like illness in its emergency departments alone from Dec. 14 to Jan. 31.

The Cone Health hospitals lifting visitor restrictions are: Alamance Regional Medical Center, Annie Penn Hospital, Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital, Moses Cone Hospital, Wesley Long Community Hospital and Women’s Hospital.