Published on January 07, 2022

Visitor Restrictions

Visitor Restrictions Back in Place at UNC Health Blue Ridge

UNC Health Blue Ridge is updating visitor restrictions to take effect Friday, January 7. Due to the increase in the number of COVID cases, the hospital is allowing only one visitor at a time for all patients, including those with COVID. Visitor Hours will be from 2:00pm to 6:00pm daily. 

All Visitors MUST:

  • Be at least 18 years old and in good health (free from respiratory illness, fever, cough, etc.).

  • Wear a mask that always covers the nose and mouth.

  • Remain in designated waiting areas or patient rooms at all times.

  • Follow all social distancing and safety guidance. This includes wearing masks, staying six feet from others, and washing your hands.

If you do not follow these guidelines, for the safety of our patients and staff, you will be escorted out of the building. Full vaccination is recommended.

Additional Visitor Information:

  • Patients in the Emergency Departments are allowed one visitor at a time any time of day. Additional visitors will not be allowed to remain in the waiting room.

  • Maternity patients will be allowed two visitors during their stay.

  • Surgical patients will be allowed one visitor/care partner to enter with patient for registration and again at discharge. Visitors must wait offsite during procedure until called. 

  • Pediatric patients (children under age 18) in any care setting are allowed two (2) parents/guardians any time of day.

  • Behavioral Health Unit visitors will be allowed by appointment only.

  • Blue Ridge Medical Group patients will be allowed one (1) care partner at a time. Waiting room capacity will be limited.

  • Outpatient areas (radiology, lab, rehab) will be allowed one care partner at a time.

Patients with the following conditions may be allowed more than one visitor. This is determined by the attending physician and nursing supervision:

If a patient is at the end of life

  • if a patient has communication barriers

  • If a caregiver needs to help with decision making

Special circumstances will be managed by the treating physician and the facility leaders.