Iredell Health System Expands Visitor Restrictions Due To Covid-19 Concerns

The Latest( Updated 3/30/20):

Iredell Health System has announced that it will no longer allow visitors at Iredell Memorial Hospital or any of its other facilities effective at 5 p.m. today due to Covid-19 concerns.

After previously restricting visitors in the hospital’s Emergency Department, Iredell Health has expanded to a system-wide restriction.

Exceptions may be made for end of life situations, patients who are minors, and patients requiring mobility, decision making or communication assistance.

Other’s who would like to visit are encouraged to use phone calls and video chats to communicate while the restrictions are in place.

Original Story:

STATESVILLE, N.C. –The Iredell Memorial Hospital is restricting all visitors to its Emergency Department as a precaution to further protect staff and patients during the evolving COVID-19 crisis.

This went into effect on March 27 at 3 p.m.

“Our top priority is to keep everyone safe,” Rhonda Ruppe, Director of the Emergency Department said. “We understand this will be difficult for our patients and their loved ones, but we believe this is a necessary step to promote the safety of our patients and staff. We all need to work together to help limit the spread of the virus.”

Visitors accompanying patients to the Emergency Department will be asked to leave their name and phone number with staff so they can be contacted if needed, a news release said.

Limited seating is available in the Emergency Department waiting room, and chairs have been set up to promote social distancing. If the waiting room is full, visitors will be asked to wait outside the building.

Exceptions to the no visitor policy will be made under the following circumstances:

  • Patients who are minors (under the age of 18)
  • Patients needing help with communication, decision making or mobility
  • Patients at the end of life