Visitor Limitations Now in Place at Mission Health Hospitals – December 16, 2019

We have been made aware of an increase in reported influenza (flu) activity throughout North Carolina. According to the North Carolina Public Health Division, flu-like illness in the state has reached more than 2 percent and local transmission has increased.

We are implementing Mission Health’s Visitor Limitation Policy and asking patients’ family and friends to limit their hospital visits:

  • Please encourage visitors under the age of 12 and those who do not feel well to call patients rather than visit them in the hospital. Visitors can call the main number (828) 213-1111 and be directed to the patient.
  • Team members should help place the orange Visitor Limitations signs in their areas. If you do not have signs from last year, they are available to order online from the Print Shop using keyword search “flu.”
  • All unvaccinated team members and those approved of an exemption are required to wear a medical face mask at all times within the walls of our facilities or when providing care in patient homes or alternate settings now until the end of the flu season.

Individuals can help prevent the spread of influenza by:

  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene
  • Wearing a face mask
  • Staying home if they are sick
  • Getting an annual influenza vaccine.

Please urge all visitors to wash their hands before and after visiting and inform them of the hand sanitizing stations available at hospital entrances and throughout the buildings. People who have not yet received the influenza vaccine are urged to do so immediately and asked to ensure that their children have also been vaccinated. Patients, visitors and the community can learn more about care options and learn more before visiting the hospital at missionhealth.org/flu.

This precaution is being implemented at Mission Hospital and its member hospitals in the western North Carolina region, including: CarePartners in Asheville, Mission Hospital McDowell in Marion, Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, Angel Medical Center in Franklin and Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands.

If you have additional questions, contact Infection Prevention at (828) 776-5216.

We sincerely appreciate your efforts in helping keep our patients, visitors, team members and community healthy and safe.


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