Novel Coronavirus (COVID–19)

March 9, 2020

Rutherford Regional Health System, is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are continuing to work closely with Rutherford County Health Department and following guidance from the NC Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond should anyone in our community contract or be exposed to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19). Additionally, we are reviewing our facility’s robust emergency operations plan and proactively completing a number of preparation checklists out of an abundance of caution.

While we have currently not treated any patients with this virus at our hospital to date, Rutherford Regional Health System has taken the following measures to prepare, in accordance with CDC guidelines:

  •          Patients in the Emergency Department and inpatient units are screened based on their recent travel history.
  •          Personal protective equipment is available, including face masks and eye protection, for example.
  •          Hand hygiene products are easily accessible throughout the facility.
  •          Our Infection Prevention Department follows all communication from the NC Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC, the Association for Professions in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure that our facility stays abreast of the latest information regarding this virus

Importantly, all of the above are standard operating protocols that are in place year-round to help ensure the health and well-being of everyone who enters our hospital.

We want to assure our community that our providers and clinical teams are well-trained and prepared to manage outbreaks of viruses and infectious diseases, including the coronavirus. 

For more information, contact Rutherford County Health Department or visit the NCDHHS website at and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at