Rutherfordton, NC – Due to high levels of respiratory viruses in the community, RRHS is implementing seasonal influenza precautions. Visitation restrictions will be in place during peak flu season, which generally lasts through the first of April, and Rutherford Regional Health System kindly asks that the following individuals do not visit during this time:
- Children under 12 years of age,
- Pregnant women, and
- People with chronic lung diseases.
In order to ensure the safety and well-being of its patients and to help prevent the spread of infection, Rutherford Regional Health System also asks the community to:
- Please limit the number of visitors to three (3) per patient.
- If you have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or runny nose, please do not visit.
- Remember to wash your hands before entering and exiting a patient’s room and after leaving the hospital.
- If you are in the hospital for tests or procedures and have a flu-like illness (fever over 100.4 degrees with cough or sore throat), please ask for a mask.
According to the state health system, North Carolina has “widespread” flu activity, meaning it is no longer limited to certain areas of the state. All regions were above their baselines and continuing to increase.