Published on March 30, 2022

Visitor Restrictions

Visitor Restrictions in place at UNC Health Blue Ridge

UNC Health Blue Ridge has updated its visitation policy based on the decreased number of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

The current hospital policy will allow two visitors per inpatient, and the Family Center will allow three visitors aged 18 and older for maternity patients, with one designated, ID-banded individual who may stay overnight. Siblings may visit if well, wear facemasks and at the discretion of the clinical staff. 

Visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All Visitors MUST:

Enter the facility through designated entrances. By entering, visitors are attesting that they are not currently COVID-19 positive, do not have any symptom of COVID-19, including respiratory illness, flu, fever, cough, new loss of taste or smell, and have not been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person in the last 10 days

  • Wear a mask covering your nose and mouth (except when eating in select areas)
  • Have a temperature check screening when entering the building
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Stay in the patients' room to visit the patient. The waiting room remains closed.
  • Follow social distancing and safety guidance. This includes wearing masks, staying six feet from others, and hand washing.

Visitors not following these guidelines will be asked to leave to keep our patients and staff safe.

UNC Health Blue Ridge asks all visitors to use the main entrance on the Morganton campus. The lower entrance from the parking deck is still closed to visitors.

The visitation policy may change based on an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Check our Facebook page for updates.

Additional Visitor Information:

Patients in the Emergency Departments are allowed one visitor. Additional visitors will not be allowed to remain in the waiting room.
Maternity patients will be allowed three visitors during their stay, as noted above.

Surgical patients will be allowed one visitor/care partner at a time (as waiting space permits).

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

Behavioral Health Unit visitors will be allowed by appointment only.

Blue Ridge Medical Group patients will be allowed two care partners 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.