Press release from Mission Health:
The latest influenza-like illness (ILI) report from the state health department shows a decrease in flu-like illnesses in our region. As a result, Mission Health is lifting the visitor limitation policy.
This limitation is lifted at Mission Hospital and Mission Health member hospitals and affiliates in the western North Carolina region. This includes CarePartners in Asheville, Mission Hospital McDowell in Marion, Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, Angel Medical Center in Franklin and Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands.
Despite lifting of visitor limitations, we urge community members who become ill with symptoms of the flu to contact their primary care provider, seek care at a walk-in clinic like Mission My Care Now, conduct an online visit with a doctor or visit a nearby urgent care facility. It’s important to avoid the emergency department unless there are signs and symptoms of severe illness, as it can expose the patient to other illnesses and expose others to illness as well.
You can help prevent the spread of influenza by practicing frequent hand hygiene, staying home if you are sick and by getting an annual influenza vaccination.