Vidant Health values family and community presence when loved ones and friends are in the hospital. At the same time, the organization is responsible for protecting patients from being exposed to infectious viruses.
Effective 5 p.m. Friday, March 20
Due to the spread of COVID-19 in eastern North Carolina, Vidant is prohibiting visitors across all hospitals and emergency departments.
To accommodate special circumstances on a case-by-case basis the following areas will allow ONE healthy adult visitor (after an on-site screening*):
· Maynard Children's Hospital
· Pediatrics Unit/NICU
· Maternity and Postpartum Unit (one healthy partner allowed)
· Clinics located inside a hospital
· Discharge pick up
· Emergency departments
o Patients requiring assistance only
o Pediatric patients (parent or caregiver only)
As a part of our preventative measures during COVID-19, we are validating the temperature of all allowed visitors prior to entry in addition to screening which includes the following questions:
· Do you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or any other symptoms of illness?
· Have you traveled within the last 14 days or been exposed to anyone who is sick?
To prevent the spread of viruses, health experts recommend:
· Washing hands frequently
· Not sharing cups or utensils
· Covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze
· Social distancing
This precaution will help limit the spread of infections while protecting hospital patients, their loved ones and Vidant team members. These limitations are temporary and will be lifted as soon as safely possible.
This is a rapidly developing situation and Vidant officials continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19. For the latest information on COVID-19, to include confirmed cases in North Carolina, please visit ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus, cdc.gov/coronavirus or VidantHealth.com/covid19.