Carilion Clinic implements new restrictions for visitors to protect against coronavirus


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Starting Friday, March 13, Carilion hospitals across southwest Virginia will implement precautionary visitor restrictions to protect patients and staff from the coronavirus.

Carilion Clinic announced on Thursday, March 12 that all entrances to Carilion hospitals will be be closed except for the main entrances. The remaining restrictions for visitors are listed below:

  • Visitors under the age of 18 will not be permitted on site.
  • Inpatient psychiatric or behavioral health patients are prohibited from having visitors.
  • Pediatric patients are allowed up to two visitors, but other patients are limited to one visitor.
  • People with flu-like symptoms (cough, congestion, runny nose, fever, etc.) are instructed to refrain from visiting patients at the hospital.

Hospital officials say that these “social distancing measures” serve to minimize the spread of germs and ask visitors to consider using FaceTime, Skype, or similar technologies to connect with patients remotely.

According to Carilion Clinic, the following hospitals will implement these restrictions starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 13:

  • Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital,
  • Carilion Giles Community Hospital,
  • Carilion New River Valley Medical Center,
  • Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital,
  • Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital,
  • Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital, and
  • Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital.

Carilion Clinic says additional visitor screenings may be implemented as the situation evolves.

Officials at Carilion aren’t the only ones implementing certain restrictions.

Earlier this week, LewisGale Regional Health System announced they have adopted protocols to their facilities, including limiting visitor restriction and reinforcing infection prevention guidelines from the CDC.

WFXR has reached out to officials at Carilion for more information regarding the restrictions.


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