All four major Triad hospitals lift flu restrictions

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Triad’s four major hospitals said today they will lift youth visitor restrictions related to the flu season at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Forsyth Medical Center, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Moses Cone Hospital began their restrictions of visitors under age 18 on Dec. 29, while High Point Regional Health started Dec. 26.

The restrictions also will end at their Triad affiliates: Clemmons, Kernersville and Thomasville medical centers and Medical Park for Novant Health Inc.; Davie and Lexington medical centers for Wake Forest Baptist; and Alamance Regional, Annie Penn, Wesley Long and Women’s Hospital for Cone Health.

Novant said the lifting affects all of its hospitals in its four-state territory.

The systems said their decision was based on a declining volume of flu cases in their facilities, although they stress the H3N2 influenza strain continues to circulate in the region.

Read more: Winston-Salem Journal