CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Carolinas HealthCare System, Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are lifting the flu restrictions on visitors 12 and under Tuesday.
"A significant drop in the number of patients being seen with flu-like symptoms prompted the change," Carolinas Healthcare System says.
The three health care systems say they are all lifting the restrictions, effective 7 a.m., at the same time to avoid confusion.
Visitors under the age of 12 were being restricted at all in-patient hospitals due to growing flu cases.
Below are some of the hospitals previously affected by the visitation policy:
- 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, and Pineville Inpatient Rehabilitation
- Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center
- Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital
- Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center
- Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
- Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital
- Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center
- Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center
- Novant Health Matthews Medical Center
- Novant Health Medical Park Hospital
- Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
- Novant Health Rowan Medical Center
- Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center
- Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center
- Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center
- Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center
- Wake Forest Baptist inpatient locations including Lexington, Davie County and Winston-Salem
As of April 8, 143 patients with flu-like symptoms were seen in the emergency departments of Carolinas HealthCare System hospitals in the Charlotte area, CHS says. "This compares to a high of 439 patients during the week ending February 25."
Despite the decline, health officials are still asking anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms to avoid spreading the illness by not visiting the hospital.
"We appreciate the continued support and flexibility of our patients, their families and the community," said Dr. David Priest, medical director for infection prevention at Novant Health. "The visitor restrictions were necessary to protect our most vulnerable hospitalized patients, but now as we see the number of influenza cases continue to decline we are happy to welcome back visitors of all ages into our facilities."
Symptoms include fever, headaches, body aches, cough or sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
Click HERE for regularly updated information on flu activity by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.