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Coronavirus COVID-19

Important information about the coronavirus COVID-19

Visitation Restrictions
In an effort to protect patients and staff, Iredell Health System has enacted the following visitation restrictions. Anyone who is not immediate family — even if they are healthy, and regardless of age — is asked not to visit patients. Only one visitor per person is allowed. We are checking the temperature of persons entering the hospital.

Emergency Room Visitation
No visits will be permitted in Iredell Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department, with the following exceptions:

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

Service Changes
The following services have been temporarily closed or have changed hours of operation:

  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation (Closed)
  • Women's Health Center (Closed on Saturday)
  • All classes and tours (Suspended)

We appreciate your understanding as we work to ensure the safety of our staff and patients.

Iredell Health System follows the guidelines and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Learn more about COVID-19 from the CDC below. PDF versions of the information below are also available in English and Spanish.

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What are the symptoms?

Patients with COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How can I protect myself?

People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

If you are sick, to keep from spreading illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What if I suspect that I have COVID-19?

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus, you should:

  • Stay home except to get medical care. Restrict your activities outside your home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor. If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19 before you go. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home. As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. Do not handle pets or other animals while sick.

How can I learn more about COVID-19?

For additional information and updates, please visit the following sites:

Have a question you’d like to ask?

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has established a public hotline for questions on coronavirus COVID-19. To access the hotline, call 1.866.462.3821.