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Randolph Health Lifts Universal Masking Requirements

Randolph Health Lifts Universal Masking Requirements

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ASHEBORO NC - On March 28, 2023, at 7:00 a.m., all Randolph Health facilities will lift universal masking requirements for patients, visitors, and team members. In a press release, Randolph Health says the decision to make masks optional was made in collaboration with other regional healthcare systems, including Novant Health, Atrium Health, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, CaroMont Health, and Cone Health. Masks were required during the COVID-19 pandemic and flu season, with this change everyone should consider their personal risk when considering masking up. Patients may request their care teams to wear masks during treatment and clinic visits. The press release says in part that, "while universal masking will no longer be required, certain exceptions apply, including wearin...
Randolph Health to Lift Visitor Restrictions Due to Flu

Randolph Health to Lift Visitor Restrictions Due to Flu

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ASHEBORO N.C. - Tomorrow Randolph Health along with most other hospitals in the area will be lifting visitor restrictions in place due to the flu. According to a press release from Randolph Health, effective 7 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7th, restrictions for visitors twelve and under will be lifted at Randolph Health. Randolph Health is joining Atrium Health, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, Novant Health, Cone Health, and CaroMont Health in lifting the restrictions at the same date and time to prevent confusion among the public and to avoid a patchwork of varying restrictions. The unified response is part of a coordinated plan to better control the spread of flu throughout the region. Visitors, patients, and staff will still be required to wear masks in medical facilities i...
Kintegra Opens Family Dental Clinic at Randolph Public Health

Kintegra Opens Family Dental Clinic at Randolph Public Health

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ASHEBORO N.C. (RCPH) - Kintegra Health will open the doors at its newest practice location, Kintegra Family Dentistry – Randolph on February 1 2023. The practice will be located within the Randolph County Public Health (RCPH) building at 2222 S Fayetteville St., Asheboro. 27205. Services will include general dentistry, fillings, extractions and cleanings for children and adolescents 0 – 18 years of age. The co-location of Kintegra Family Dentistry within the RCPH building brings increased access to underserved children in Randolph County. The practice complements Kintegra’s Dental Outreach Program which provides preventative care including cleanings, x-rays, sealants and education on its Mobile Dental Unit (MDU) at participating schools within Randolph County. Children seen on the...
RCPH Partners with Kintegra to Bring Back and Expand Dental Services

RCPH Partners with Kintegra to Bring Back and Expand Dental Services

Government, Health
Set dentist tools on napkin on table close up. Stock Photo / Africa Studio / Adobe Stock ASHEBORO N.C. - The dental clinic provided by Randolph County Public Health will be returning and expanding with a school based oral health program including screening and education thanks to a partnership with Kintegra Family Dental and a $375,000 grant. On December 5th, 2022, RCPH director Tara Aker addressed the Board at the monthly County Commissioners Meeting. The department has been trying to fill an open position for a dental hygienist since March of 2022. Despite posting the job across several platforms, Aker admitted that "not one person has applied." "There's just not enough dentists to go around" said Aker. "The health department has a hard time recruiting and keeping dentist ...
Area Hospitals Limit Visitation to Avoid Spread of Respiratory Viruses

Area Hospitals Limit Visitation to Avoid Spread of Respiratory Viruses

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Randolph Hospital - Stock Photo - Acme News Archive ASHEBORO N.C. - Several local hospitals are limiting visitation in an attempt to limit the spread of respiratory viruses such as RSV and the flu. Citing concerns for the health and wellbeing of the community and the widespread prevalence of respiratory viruses such as RSV and flu among young children, several North Carolina health systems are putting in place policies restricting children 12 and under from visiting patients who are hospitalized. Those restrictions are set to go into effect on Wednesday, Nov. 16th 2022, at 7 a.m., and apply to hospitals that are part of the following health systems in North Carolina: Atrium Health Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist CaroMont Health Cone Health Novant Health Ran...
RCPH Confirms First Monkeypox Case in Randolph County

RCPH Confirms First Monkeypox Case in Randolph County

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Image Background Credit - CDC (Microscopic Image of Moneypox) ASHEBORO N.C. - Randolph County Public Health has confirmed the first case of monkeypox in Randolph County. In a press release this afternoon RCPH says they have confirmed the first case of monkeypox in the county and they say that individual, who will remain un-identified due to patient privacy, is currently isolated at home. “At this time, the risk of monkeypox transmission remains low,” said Tara Aker, Randolph County health director. “Our Health Department’s Communicable Disease team is monitoring the situation closely and is working closely with North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to respond.” As of today (Aug 8th 2022), the CDC reports there are 7,510 confirmed cases in the United States, w...
Current & Former Patients Speak Out Against Atrium Mental Health Clinic

Current & Former Patients Speak Out Against Atrium Mental Health Clinic

Health, Investigative
Emerywood Behavioral Health Clinic (Google Street View) ASHEBORO N.C. - Current and former patients of a local mental health clinic spoke with our reporters about their concerns regarding the staff, the care they received, and Atrium / Wake Forest Health Network’s failure to address these concerns over the last several years. EDITOR'S NOTEDue to the sensitive nature of the topic of this article all patients who spoken with news staff were promised confidentiality. Names in this article have been changed to protect the identity of those involved. Readers who may be triggered by topics of mental health should use their discretion when deciding to read further. Almost a dozen current and former patients who all went to the clinic over the last 5 years spoke with our reporters. What ...
Randolph Public Health Offering Free At Home COVID-19 Test

Randolph Public Health Offering Free At Home COVID-19 Test

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ASHEBORO N.C. - Today the Randolph County Department of Public Health announced they are now offering no-cost at-home COVID-19 antigen tests for the general public. Individuals may get one box of 5 tests per household. The at-home tests may be picked up between 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday – Friday, at the Randolph County Public Health Department: 2222-B South Fayetteville Street, Asheboro, Should you have questions, call the COVID-19 hotline at: 336-318-6227.
Drugs, Dollars & Doctors | Pharmaceutical Company Spending in Randolph County

Drugs, Dollars & Doctors | Pharmaceutical Company Spending in Randolph County

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ASHEBORO N.C. (ACME NEWS) - One of the worst kept secrets in the healthcare industry is the relationship between doctors and pharmaceutical companies. Thanks to the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, every year since 2013 the steady flow of money from drug companies to doctors in the United States has been logged in a government database. The law requires “applicable manufacturers” of drugs, devices, biological or medical supplies to annually report to CMS certain payments and other transfers of value made to “covered recipients” (physicians or teaching hospitals). Those payments are recorded in a yearly database by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The most current data available is for the 2020 calendar year, and here is what it has to say about Randolph Coun...
Randolph Health Decreases Visitor Restrictions

Randolph Health Decreases Visitor Restrictions

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ASHEBORO N.C. –Randolph Health has announced they are implementing new visitation guidelines beginning today. In a press release the hospital says that "due to the decreased COVID-19 activity in the area and admission of COVID-19 patients to our inpatient areas, Randolph Health is implementing new visitation guidelines beginning on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 7 a.m." New Visitation Guidelines Visiting Hours will be from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.Visitors must 12 years of age or older.Visitors should enter the hospital through the Emergency Department. The main Visitor Entrance will remain closed. Parking is available in the parking garage located at the corner of White Oak Street and Miller Street.Visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms including a temperature check and symptom sur...