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Effective Dec. 4: Children visitation restrictions in place

November 30, 2017 posted by Erica Mizelle

GREENVILLE – Beginning Monday, Dec. 4, children under the age of 12 may not visit patients at the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center.

The temporary restrictions will be in place due to an increasing number of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) cases. This precaution will help limit the spread of infections while protecting hospital patients, their loved ones and Vidant Health team members. Please note these limitations are temporary and will be lifted as soon as viral respiratory illnesses decrease in the community.

The one exception to this temporary restriction: children under the age of 12 who are not sick and live in the same household may visit their healthy newborn sibling.

To prevent the spread of viruses, health experts recommend:

  1. Washing hands frequently
  2. Keeping children home from school when sick
  3. Not sharing cups or utensils

As always, family and visitors of any age should not come to the hospital if they have symptoms of a cold or flu, fever, diarrhea, vomiting or headaches.

About Vidant Health

Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,447-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of 12,000 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 420 providers in more than 80 practice sites in eastern North Carolina. Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit

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