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Atrium eases COVID visitor and masking restrictions

March 20. [Updated] Atrium Health is lifting visitor restrictions and modifying masking policies after a steady decrease in respiratory virus cases,. Beginning tomorrow, restrictions limiting visitors aged 12 and under will be removed at Charlotte-area Atrium facilities.

Masking will be optional except for specific areas where higher levels of infection prevention are needed. These may include units where cancer patients and others with low immunity are being treated, as well as emergency department waiting rooms and triage areas.

Masks will still be made available for anyone who chooses to wear one.


“Cases of respiratory illnesses may be down for several reasons which include vaccinations, increased awareness and hygiene practice, as well as seasonal factors,” said Dr. Katie Passaretti, vice president and chief epidemiologist for Atrium Health. “While we celebrate this progress, we must remain vigilant and responsive to any potential changes in the situation. Our focus remains on providing safe and effective care to all patients and this decision is a testament to our collective efforts in combating infectious diseases.”

UPDATE 12:20 pm: Novant also lifted visitor restrictions that were put in place last December for those under the age of 13, effective March 21.