Vidant sets new visitation restrictions

Vidant Medical Center

Vidant Health announced that the hospital will set new visitation restrictions for children starting tomorrow.

"Vidant Health values family presence when loved ones are in the hospital. We also are responsible for protecting patients from being exposed to viruses such as the flu," hospital representatives said in a press release.

Due to the high number of people with the flu in the local community, the hospital is changing their family presence and visitation practices. Representatives said that the restrictions are only temporary and they are being put in place for patient and visitor safety.

Starting Tuesday, January 23, the following Vidant hospitals will only welcome healthy visitors who are 12 years of age and older:

  • The Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head
  • Vidant Beaufort Hospital in Washington
  • Vidant Bertie Hospital in Windsor
  • Vidant Chowan Hospital in Edenton
  • Vidant Duplin Hospital in Kenansville
  • Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in Tarboro
  • Vidant Medical Center in Greenville

The hospital will make exceptions for well-children under 12 who want to visit a newborn sibling.

"Our experts are tracking flu activity daily," representatives said in the press release. "As soon as the flu decreases, will again welcome family and visitors of all ages."

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