JEFFERSON — Ashe Memorial Hospital is limiting visitations due to an increase in documented flu cases as of Thursday, Feb. 7, according to AMH Chief Operating Officer Joe Thore.
People younger than 18 or older than 65 are being requested to refrain visiting anyone at the hospital in an effort to minimize the spread of disease during peak flu season, Thore said.
AMH has not seen a notable uptick in flu patients, but Thore said the visitation limitation was placed in response to Ashe County Schools cancelling classes Friday, Feb. 8, as well as a general increase in influenza-like illness across North Carolina.
Geographic spread of the flu across North Carolina is considered widespread as of Feb. 2, according to AppHealthCare Public Health Director Jennifer Greene. Along with AMH, Appalachian Regional Healthcare has also limited visitation at its facilities in Watauga.
Further questions about the AMH visitation limitations can be directed to the AMH Infection Control Nurse at (336) 846-0727, Thore said.