March 19 Updates: What has ARHS done to respond to COVID-19

During the past week, ARHS has made significant strides toward dealing with COVID-19. We have launched a community-wide telehealth COVID-19 screening program through a partnership with RelyMD, established a hospital incident command center, enacted visitor restrictions at Watauga Medical Center and Cannon Memorial Hospital, created two alternative COVID-19 testing sites, and more. Read More: March 19 Updates: What has ARHS done to respond to COVID-19

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March 18 Update: Temperature checks for visitors, testing locations, second Watauga County positive

Designated visitors to Watauga Medical Center and Cannon Memorial Hospital will now have their temperature checked before entering. ARHS is accepting patients referred for testing at both COVID-19 test locations. A second Watauga County resident tests positive for COVID-19. Read More: March 18 Update: Temperature checks for visitors, testing locations, second Watauga County positive

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March 16 Update: Details on Visitor Restrictions at Hospitals and Outpatient Clinics

ARHS is partnering with local law enforcement agencies to implement visitor restrictions at Watauga Medical Center and Cannon Memorial Hospital. Visitors and patients may only enter the hospitals at the main entrance. Patients must designate ONE visitor during their hospital stay. Designated visitors may check in and receive a visitor badge. Visiting hours are 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. Read More: March 16 Update: Details on Visitor Restrictions at Hospitals and Outpatient Clinics

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March 15 Update: Watauga County Resident Tests Presumptive Positive for COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

A Watauga County resident has tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). This is the first presumptive positive case in Watauga County. The resident is in isolation at home and did have travel history. “We have been preparing should we see a positive case of COVID-19 in our community. Now that we have a positive case, we will continue to work diligently to protect the public’s health. It is our top priority, and we will work to keep the community informed,” stated Jennifer Greene, Health Director, AppHealthCare. Read More: March 15 Update: Watauga County Resident Tests Presumptive Positive for COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

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March 13 Update: Visitor Restrictions, Information Phone Line & Incident Preparedness

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) has been working with multiple state and local agencies (CDC, NCDHHS, Emergency Management, AppHealthCare, Toe River Health Department, Watauga County and Avery County) to implement safe policies to protect the community, should a case of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus appear in the High Country. Read More: March 13 Update: Visitor Restrictions, Information Phone Line & Incident Preparedness

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