visitor Restrictions in Place

Vidant Health values family and community presence when loved ones and friends are in the hospital. At the same time, our organization is responsible for protecting patients from being exposed to infectious viruses.

Due to the spread of COVID-19 in eastern North Carolina, Vidant is prohibiting visitors across all hospitals and emergency departments.

Exceptions:

Effective May 8, Vidant is welcoming one healthy visitor – who has been screened and wearing a mask – with patients having outpatient services that require sedation and/or anesthesia at Vidant Health facilities. This is part of the organization’s thoughtful and phased approach to increasing essential care and services, announced on May 3. The organization has implemented additional cleaning and social distancing practices to ensure a safe environment for patients, visitors and team members.

In addition, and 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
    • One guardian allowed at all times with the pediatric patient in the Neonatal ICU and Pediatric ICU; switching of the two designated guardians can occur with only one guardian allowed to be present at the beside at any time.
    • Intermediate and general status pediatric patients continue with only one designated guardian present for duration of stay due to less critical status.
    • In the event of palliative or end-of-life care, both guardians allowed to be present at the bedside together upon approval of Maynard Children’s leadership.
  • Pediatrics Unit/NICU
  • Maternity and Postpartum Unit (one healthy partner allowed)
  • Palliative Care Unit/End of Life Care

  • Clinics located inside a hospital
  • Discharge pick up
  • Emergency departments
    • Patients requiring assistance only
    • Pediatric patients (parent or caregiver only)
  • One visitor will be allowed in the Surgery Cancer Clinic for patient’s receiving new diagnosis and surgical planning.

*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 with soap or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • 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 an ever-evolving 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.

VMG clinics restrictions

Effective Monday, March 30, visitors will be prohibited from entering VMG clinics. One exception will be made: for pediatric patients, one parent or caregiver (with completed on-site screening) will be allowed to accompany the patient.

Cancer Clinics and Infusion Centers

Starting Monday, March 30, visitors will be prohibited in all Vidant Health cancer clinics and infusion centers. One visitor may be allowed; this will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, based on patient need. If visitor is allowed, they must pass a screening before entering clinic.

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