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Face masks required for all inside ARHS facilities

On Tuesday, April 28, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) began requiring masks for all who enter an ARHS facility. This new requirement applies to all employees, even those in non-clinical areas, patients and vendors. Additionally, in those rare instances where visitors may be allowed inside an ARHS facility, they too will be required to wear a face mask. Read More: Face masks required for all inside ARHS facilities

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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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