BOONE — To comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state recommendations, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System announced May 18 that it will still require masking by all employees, volunteers, patients and visitors in all facilities.

For the continued safety of our patients and visitors, all employees, visitors and contractors should continue to mask when in hallways, public spaces and patient care areas.

The CDC announced that fully-vaccinated people can resume most activities without wearing a mask or socially distancing, except where required by federal, state or local laws, including local business and workplace guidance on May 13. CDC guidance still requires masks in all healthcare settings to help protect yourself and those with suppressed immune systems from COVID-19.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper lifted all mandatory capacity requirements, distancing requirements and most mandatory masking requirements at the state level on May 14. The state continues to recommend masks in indoor settings for people who are not fully vaccinated, and still requires masks in a healthcare setting.

Vaccines are readily available throughout the community. ARHS will have Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines available.

Anyone is welcome to reserve an appointment at or walk into one of the following clinic times. Scheduling an appointment is preferred.

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