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Only go to the emergency room when “absolutely necessary”

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Spartanburg Regional Health System said Wednesday it is encouraging people not to visit hospital campuses unless it is “absolutely necessary.”

The announcement comes as a surge in visits has led to wait times of four hours or more to access emergency rooms at Spartanburg regional hospitals.

Spartanburg Regional Health System operates Spartanburg Medical Centers on East Wood Street and Skylyn Drive, Pelham Medical Center, Union Medical Center and Cherokee Medical Center.

The healthcare chain’s announcement comes a day after Prisma Health said it would not allow visitors under the age of 16 to enter hospitals until further notice.

Restrictions come as flu, RSV and COVID cases rise across the state.

According to the Center for Disease Control, South Carolina has one of the highest rates of respiratory illnesses in the country.

“Anyone with symptoms of respiratory virus should not go to hospital unless seeking treatment. Patients and visitors are encouraged to wear masks at Spartanburg Regional facilities to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses,” read a statement from Spartanburg Regional.

Also starting Wednesday, the hospital system is requiring all providers and associates to wear masks in all clinical areas of the system’s hospitals and Carolinas Medical Group offices.

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