Hospitals Restrict Visitor Access as Coronavirus Precaution

CHARLOTTE, NC – “All of our lives are going to change in some way in response to this virus,” said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on Wednesday during a news conference in Charlotte.

The State of Emergency remains in effect in North Carolina. The ability to test possible cases of Coronavirus also remains a struggle.

“For the state lab, right now we have the capacity to test 250 people,” said Dr. Betsy Tilson, the State Health Director.

LabCorp, a Burlington North Carolina Business is testing samples sent to them by medical providers, but its unclear how many people in our area have been tested.

“We have to know what we’re dealing with and in order to be able to know what we’re dealing with, we have to test people for this virus,” said Governor Roy Cooper.

Cooper says the federal government promised supplies to carry out testing last week.

“It hasn’t happened nationwide. So every single state is going through this right now,” said a frustrated Cooper.

As testing troubles continue,  Novant, Caromont, and Atrium Health are all restricting visitor access.

“Only first degree relatives are allowed to visit patients in the hospital,” said Dr. Gary Little, the Atrium Health Chief Medical Officer.

He says the restrictions will be in place until further notice.

“To protect our patients and our staff and to minimize the exposure, not only just COVID-19, but any respiratory illnesses to the most vulnerable people,” said Little.