Due to a steady increase in respiratory virus cases in our communities, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist is implementing temporary visitor restrictions for children ages 12 and younger, beginning today, Thursday, Dec. 7, at all Wake Forest Baptist hospitals:
- Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
- Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Brenner Children’s Hospital
- Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Davie Medical Center
- Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist High Point Medical Center
- Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Lexington Medical Center
- Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Wilkes Medical Center
Children ages 12 and under may be permitted to visit hospitalized patients in special circumstances, as determined by the treating physician and nursing unit leadership.
In addition, patients and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks while in certain high-risk settings and in all inpatient rooms. Visitors ages 13 and older should not have any symptoms of respiratory viral illness or a confirmed case of COVID-19, flu or RSV.
It is important to note that some areas may have additional restrictions. Patients and visitors are asked to follow directions provided by staff.
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist urges people to continue to take measures that are known to limit the spread of respiratory viruses. These include staying home when sick, washing hands, covering the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, and staying up to date on vaccines.
Patients are asked to only visit emergency departments if they are experiencing a serious or life-threatening illness or injury. Those who need medical attention for more routine symptoms such as cough, fever, fatigue and other flu-like symptoms should contact their primary care provider. Other options include urgent care centers and immediate virtual care.