ARHS Updated Details on Visitor Restrictions at Hospitals and Outpatient Clinics

Last Updated on March 19, 2020 6:57 am

UPDATE March 18 – NEW: Designated visitors to Watauga Medical Center and Cannon Memorial Hospital will now have their temperature checked before entering.

On Monday, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) updated details on visitor restrictions at their facilities.

ARHS is partnering with local law enforcement agencies to implement visitor restrictions at Watauga Medical Center and Cannon Memorial Hospital.

Visitors and patients may only enter the hospitals at the main entrance. Patients must designate ONE visitor during their hospital stay. Designated visitors may check in and receive a visitor badge. Visiting hours are 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Visitor Restriction Policy:


  • One designated visitor per patient
  • No visitors who are sick
  • Must be 13 or older
  • No vendors are allowed
  • Waiting rooms and cafeterias are closed to the public

Medical Office and Outpatient Clinics:

ARHS has also implemented visitor restrictions in all medical offices and outpatient clinics. We ask that only individuals who are essential to the patient’s care accompany them on office visits.

Thank you for helping us keep our patients and staff safe during this time.

What to do if you are sick?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, CALL (828) 264-4995 – Choose option 0 to speak to a healthcare professional.

Call 911 if you have difficulty breathing, chest pain, disorientation, or bluish lips or face.

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