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Cone Health closing all outpatient rehabilitation centers, visitor restrictions

Cone Health rehabilitation facilities in Alamance, Forsyth, Guilford, Rockingham Counties are closed until further notice.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Cone Health is closing all 12 of its community-based outpatient rehabilitation facilities to protect staff from potential exposure to the coronavirus.

Cone Health rehabilitation facilities in Alamance, Forsyth, Guilford, Rockingham Counties are closed until further notice, according to a release from Cone Health.

Rehabilitation professionals will work with patients to help continue their care.

Cone Health said rehabilitation services provided in hospitals will continue as usual.

Community-based rehabilitation staff will be reassigned to other areas, as COVID-19 concerns grow in the community.

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Beginning March 23, no visitors will be allowed to at the hospital. These are the few exceptions to the restriction: 

  • Laboring women will be allowed to have one person with them for their entire hospital visit. That one person can be a spouse, partner or doula.
  • Two parents or guardians will be allowed to visit children under 18.
  • Exceptions can be made to allow a total of four people to visit those nearing the end of life. People should talk with the patient’s nurse about these and other situations.

In a release, Cone Health reminded people of the importance of frequent hand washing, covering coughs and social distancing. Those who have COVID-19 symptoms should call their doctor or make a virtual visit.

 Cone Health said they are working with national, state and local health agencies as well as local, county and state governments to prepare for COVID-19.

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