Visitor Policies Due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 Outbreak

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Nash UNC Health Care has some restrictions in place for visitors at its facilities, based on CDC and UNC Health recommendations. Visitor Restrictions are a set of precautions the hospital takes to prevent the spread of illness to patients, visitors, and staff.

If you have fever, cough, cold, or flu-like symptoms....

No visitors, vendors, volunteers or students active with fever, cough, cold or flu-like symptoms should enter Nash UNC Health Care facilities. 


Non-COVID inpatients will be limited to two visitors at a time. Visitors may switch out as needed as long as only two visitors are with the patient. Children are allowed and will count in the two visitor maximum. 

Nash Women's Center

The non-COVID inpatient visitor restrictions also apply in the Nash UNC Women's Center, but birthing mothers may have one additional support personnel (ex: a doula) in addition to the two visitor maximum. This will help us continue to accommodate various patient birthing plans.

Emergency Department

Emergency Department patients will be allowed one visitor throughout the patient's visit, including in the lobby. For COVID or COVID suspected patients in the ED, visitors are not permitted. 

Pediatric Emergency Services will continue to allow two visitors per patient. 

Visitation for COVID Positive Patients

COVID inpatients will be allowed one designated visitor during scheduled times by the unit. Visitors will be required to put on full personal protective equipment (PPE) for the duration of the visit and must remove the PPE appropriately after the visit. Nash UNC staff members will assist with PPE education. (Please note: For their safety, children 12 and under are not permitted to visit COVID patients who are on isolation precautions.)

For all policies, visitor exceptions will be granted for end of life situations, or extenuating circumstances, at the discretion of the care team.

Do you think you have COVID-19?

If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus, you should be tested. Getting a test is the best way to protect your family, friends, and loved ones.

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If you are having difficulty breathing, call 911 or seek immediate treatment

Effective Handwashing


Hand washing is an important part of preventing illness, but what is the best way to wash your hands? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains their recommendations in the video below.

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