To keep patients – and visitors – safe from the flu, Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge is restricting hospital access for visitors 12 and under at the Morganton and Valdese hospitals, effective at 7 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 24.

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Hundreds of McDowell County kindergarteners will visit McDowell Hospital Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the Second Annual Teddy Bear Clinic. Students will receive a teddy, for keeps, that will accompany them as they visit various learning stations throughout the hospital.