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ASHEVILLE Mission Health announced March 21 that effective immediately, the facility will no longer allow visitors to any facilities until further notice. The decision follows the hospital’s first reported case of COVID-19 announced Saturday.
The exception will be for our pediatric patients, hospital spokeswoman Nancy Lindell said in a news release, who will be allowed to have one adult visitor with them at a time.
“The health and safety of our patients and team members is our top priority and we are taking this very seriously,” the statement read. “We know this may be difficult and wish the situation were different, but we are taking every precaution to protect those in our care.
“We have well established protocols in place to care for patients with infectious diseases, and we are following CDC guidelines related to COVID-19 cases, including isolating the patients and taking steps to ensure the safety of our patients, employees and visitors.”
The hospital will also be reducing the number of entrances accessible to the public. The new entrances will be:
Entrance 1: Emergency Department – open 24/7 to patients (ONLY PUBLIC ENTRANCE)
Entrance 9: Labor and Delivery – accessible 24/7, for expecting mothers only.
Access and visitor restrictions are in place at all Mission Health locations, regional hospitals and CarePartners.
Advent Health adds visitation limits
AdventHealth’s Hendersonville facilities, which includes its hospital and AdventHealth Medical Group locations, announced Saturday night that it too would suspend visitors.
“Exceptions will be made for OB patients in The Baby Place, who may have one adult support person; for pediatric patients in the ER, who may have one adult with them,” the announcement read, “and for extenuating circumstances such as imminent end-of-life.”
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