Temporary Visitor Restrictions to be Implemented at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Feb. 23, 2017 – To
protect the health of patients, their loved ones and the medical staff, at 7
a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, Wake
Forest Baptist Medical Center will implement temporary
visitor restrictions that will remain in effect through the remainder of the flu
tomorrow morning, children age 12 and under may not visit patients. Exceptions
for extreme family circumstances may be allowed, but parents or guardians are
asked to get permission from the patient’s nurse to allow children to visit.
healthy adult visitors and healthy family members age 13 and older are
permitted to visit patients. All visitors and family members should be healthy
– free from fever, cough, colds, or stomach virus symptoms – in order to visit
restrictions apply to all Wake Forest Baptist inpatient locations including Lexington,
Davie County and Winston-Salem.
temporary restrictions are in place because the number of influenza cases has
significantly increased in our area. Visitor restrictions can help control the
spread of the virus.
Medical Center continues to monitor the influenza rates daily, and will take
appropriate steps to restrict visitors further, if needed, or lift the
restrictions when the flu cases decrease.
decision to enact temporary visitor restrictions is a synchronized effort among
four regional health systems: Carolinas Healthcare System, Cone Health, Novant
Health and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. These health systems will enact
visitor restrictions at the same time because they share the same geographic area
and have similar rates of influenza in the community.2/23/2017http://www.wakehealth.edu/News-Releases/2017/Temporary_Visitor_Restrictions_to_be_Implemented_at_Wake_Forest_Baptist_Medical_Center.htm
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