COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Information

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

Signs & Symptoms

  • fever
  • chills
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • fatigue
  • muscle/body aches
  • headache
  • new loss of taste/smell
  • sore throat
  • congestion
  • runny nose
  • nausea/vomiting
  • diarrhea.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you are sick and unsure if you should get tested, please call your healthcare provider. If you do not have a provider, you can call one of our primary care offices, or connect with a RelyMD provider online at relymd.com/covidarhs on your computer or mobile device.

Call 911 if you are experiencing difficulty breathing or feel you need emergency treatment

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Visitor Restrictions

Effective June 10th, each patient at Watauga Medical Center (WMC) and Cannon Memorial Hospital (CMH) will be able to designate one visitor/advocate to accompany them during their hospital stay between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Another visitor cannot be substituted if the designated visitor is unable to come on any given day.

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COVID-19 Diagnostic Test Cash Price: $98

During the COVID-19 emergency period declared by the Public Health Act, providers are required to make public the cash prices for the diagnostic test for COVID-19 [Reference: CARES Act Sec. 3202]. 

 

COVID-19 Testing in Watauga and Avery Counties

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is an official testing site for COVID-19. If you are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms, call your healthcare provider to see if you need testing. If you are experiencing severe, life threatening symptoms (for example, severe difficulty breathing, altered thinking, blue lips), seek immediate medical care or call 9-1-1. Read More: COVID-19 Testing in Watauga and Avery Counties

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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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