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Charlotte-area hospitals to lift flu-related visitor restrictions

Charlotte-area hospitals and others in the region are ending visitor restrictions launched weeks ago out of flu concerns.
Charlotte-area hospitals and others in the region are ending visitor restrictions launched weeks ago out of flu concerns. AP

Hospitals in the Carolinas HealthCare and Novant Health systems will end visitor restrictions due to flu at 7 a.m. Tuesday, both organizations announced Monday.

Prompting the move is a decline in the number of flu patients in recent weeks, the systems said. Individuals with flu symptoms – which include fever, coughing, chills and fatigue – still should not visit patients, both organizations said in statements.

The restrictions limited hospital visits by children age 12 and under.

Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare and Winston-Salem-based Novant, which both have a large presence in the region, said they are lifting restrictions at the same date and time to avoid public confusion.

Greensboro-based Cone Health in Greensboro and Winston-Salem-based Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center also are ending restrictions at the same time.

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