RRHS lifts restrictive visitation

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 03:16 PM

Due to a drop in flu-like illnesses in North Carolina, Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) decided to drop its restrictive visitation regulation.

According to the latest North Carolina State Influenza Report, Friday marked the second-straight week that flu-like illness cases dropped below 6 percent. That percentage is the threshhold that RRHS uses to implement its restrictive visitation policy.

Hospital officials did say that the RRHS facility would revert to its limited visitation status. According to RRHS, limited visitation at the hospital means:

- children and teens are discouraged from visiting the hospital at all;

- adult visitors and family members should be limited to the next of kin and close contacts;

- visitors who do not feel well are asked not to visit the hospital at all;

- those who do visit are asked to use good cough etiquette by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the elbow (not into the hand);

- everyone is asked to wash hands or use hand sanitizer thoroughly before and after visiting.