Additional Hospital Visitor Restrictions in Effect for Coronavirus Disease 2019

03.28.2020 Atrium Health Alert

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 28, 2020 – With much of the Charlotte region already under a county-mandated stay-at-home directive and North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper implementing similar restrictions on a statewide basis, Atrium Health is expanding it visitor restrictions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). During this declared state of emergency in North Carolina because of the virus, Atrium Health is taking this additional step to further protect the health of our patients, their loved ones and our medical staff, as well as allow for conservation of personal protective equipment and other resources.

Effective 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2020, no visitors will be allowed in the hospital, with a few exceptions.

  • One patient visitor for patients having a baby.
  • One patient visitor for patients at the end of life/imminent death.
  • One patient visitor for those requiring a healthcare decision maker or to help in communication or mobility.
  • Up to two patient visitors (parents/guardians) for minor patients less than 18 years of age.

Accepted visitors must be immediate family members, aged 13 and over. Visitors with symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever, cough or shortness of breath, will not be permitted in patient areas of the hospital.

The patient’s care team and the attending physician will work with families who have special circumstances, such as a critically ill or injured family member, on a case-by-case basis.

The visitation restrictions apply to all Atrium Health inpatient locations:

  • Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center
  • Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital
  • Atrium Health’s Levine Cancer Institute
  • Atrium Health Mercy
  • Atrium Health Anson
  • Atrium Health Cleveland
  • Atrium Health Kings Mountain
  • Atrium Health Lincoln
  • Atrium Health Cabarrus
  • Atrium Health Pineville
  • Atrium Health Stanly
  • Atrium Health Union
  • Atrium Health University City
  • Atrium Health Pineville Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Carolinas Rehabilitation-Charlotte
  • Carolinas Rehabilitation-Mt. Holly
  • Carolinas Rehabilitation-Northeast
  • Atrium Health Behavioral Health Charlotte
  • Atrium Health Behavioral Health Davidson

This is a rapidly evolving situation and Atrium Health will take additional steps to help control the spread of COVID-19 as necessary. Atrium Health recognizes that interacting with friends and family can be helpful to the healing process and strongly encourage everyone to utilize other forms of support for their loved ones, such as phone calls or video chats on cell phones or other mobile devices.

For patients who have questions about COVID-19 or are showing symptoms, Atrium Health has established these resources:

COVID-19 Risk Assessment: Answer a few quick questions using a new automated and interactive digital COVID-19 assessment tool to get immediate recommendations on next steps in care.

Atrium Health Line (704-468-8888): Talk live with an Atrium Health healthcare professional to answer questions, 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Symptom Checker Chart: Is it COVID-19, the flu, a cold or seasonal allergies? Click here to help distinguish between typical symptoms of each.

Virtual Visits: Secure, face-to-face video chat with a trusted healthcare provider from the comfort of home for a reduced cost of $25. These are highly recommended as a first point of contact for a person who is ill to avoid further spread of respiratory illnesses.

eVisits: Care through a secure message for minor illnesses like flu or cold for a reduced cost of $10.

Atrium Health continues to work to keep the communities it serves safe and informed. The latest information including prevention tips, frequently asked questions and care options are found at www.AtriumHealth.org/Coronavirus.


About Atrium Health

Atrium Health is one of the nation's leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, providing a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout the Southeast region. Its diverse network of care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. Atrium Health works to enhance the overall health and well-being of its communities through high-quality patient care, education and research programs, and numerous collaborative partnerships and initiatives.