Atrium Health to lift flu-related visitor restrictions Friday


CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — Effective at 7 a.m. on Friday, flu restrictions for visitors 12 and under will be lifted at Charlotte-area Atrium Health hospitals. A significant drop in the number of patients being seen with flu-like symptoms prompted the change, officials said. 

Atrium Health is joining Novant Health, Cone Health and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in lifting the restrictions at the same date and time to prevent confusion among the public.

Hospitals affected by the change are:

  • Carolinas Medical Center
  • Levine Children’s Hospital
  • Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy
  • Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Pineville
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Union
  • Carolinas HealthCare System University
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Lincoln
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Cleveland
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Kings Mountain
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Stanly
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Anson
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Behavioral Health-Charlotte
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Behavioral Health-Davidson
  • Carolinas Rehabilitation-Charlotte
  • Carolinas Rehabilitation-NorthEast
  • Carolinas Rehabilitation-Mt. Holly
  • Carolinas Rehabilitation-Pineville

For the week ending March 10, the last full week measured, about three percent of Atrium Health patients were seen for flu-like illness. This compares to a high of 12 percent of patients who were seen for flu-like illness during the week ending February 10.  

 Despite the decline, Atrium Health is asking individuals of all ages who are experiencing flu-like symptoms to help control the spread of the illness by not visiting patients in the hospital.

Symptoms include: fever, headaches/body aches/pain, cough or sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.

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