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No positive tests so far

More widespread testing has resulted in no positive tests so far for the coronavirus in Henderson County, Pardee UNC Health said Wednesday.


As of 10:15 am., of test results that are complete, none were positive for COVID-19. Sixty-nine patients were seen Tuesday at the county's drive-thru screening site, about the same number as Monday, County Manager Steve Wyatt said. The Department of Public Health for each county will share known cases and case counts when those occur.

Hours at the drive-thru have been reduced. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Patients experiencing symptoms of cough, shortness of breath and fever greater than 100 degrees F, should FIRST call the Pardee COVID-19 Helpline at 828-694-8048 to determine if they meet criteria for screening. They should not show up without calling first. The Helpline is open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Pardee also announced patient and visitor restrictions.

  • The hospital will be screening all visitors and patients upon entry. Temperatures will be taken and screening questions asked.
  • The main entrance located on Justice Street will be open from 6 am – 7 pm.
  • The Emergency Department entrance remains open 24 hours/day, seven days/week.
  • The Fleming Street and Orthopedic entrances are closed.
  • The Garden Café, Overlook Café, and Summit Café, located within the hospital, the Health Sciences Center, and Mission Pardee Health Campus, respectively, are currently closed.
  • The Gift Shop is closed.
  • The Pardee Wellness Center, located at Thompson Street, is currently closed for the foreseeable future.

Additional updates can be found here.