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Pardee has patient with COVID-19

Pardee UNC Health is currently caring for a patient in the hospital who has tested positive for COVID-19, the hospital announced Friday afternoon.

The patient is in isolation. Staff who are on the patient’s care team have been notified of the positive test result and continue to follow CDC guidelines for health care personnel with potential exposure.

"We fully anticipate having more patients with COVID-19 under our care in the hospital in the coming weeks," the hospital said in a news release. "To maximize patient safety and privacy, we will not be providing updates on COVID-19 patient counts after today. Pardee will continue to care for any and all patients within the hospital and keep our community healthy."

Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, the day surgery entrance on Fleming Street will be closed until further notice. All other visitor restrictions remain in place.

Pardee COVID-19 helpline

Patients experiencing symptoms of cough, shortness of breath and fever greater than 100 degrees F, should continue to call the Pardee COVID-19 Helpline at 828-694-8048. The Helpline is open from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm daily. Please do not go to an Urgent Care or Emergency Department for testing. Pardee Hospital will not be able to provide testing to non-hospitalized patients.