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Visitor Restrictions Due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 Outbreak

*As the severity of the outbreak changes, visitor restrictions may also change.

Due to the growing spread of coronavirus / COVID-19 in North Carolina, Nash UNC Health Care announced that it will be enacting restrictions for visitors, vendors and volunteers at its facilities beginning Saturday, March 14th. 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. These visitor restrictions may be tightened further as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

Limited Entrances

Entry points have been limited in order to effectively manage the screenings. The entrances available for patients, visitors and staff to enter are:

  • Nash General Hospital front lobby
  • Emergency Department
  • Heart Center
  • Women's Center
  • Mayo Surgery Pavilion (5:45am - 5:30pm)
  • Nash Day Hospital (7:00am - 5:00pm)
  • Cancer Center (7:00am - 4:30pm)
  • Coastal Plain (Staff Only)
  • Bryant T. Aldridge Rehabilitation Center (Staff Only)
  • Main Hospital Loading Dock (Staff & Vendors Only)

All other entry points will be disabled for entry, and only able to be opened for exiting the building.

Health Screening

All patients, visitors and staff will be subject to health screening upon entrance, effective April 1st.

The staff member performing the health screening will ask about symptoms associated with respiratory illness. If a patient, visitor, or staff member meet the risk factors in the screening questions, they may be subject to a temperature check and/or directed to self-isolate and contact their primary care provider or the Health Department.

Mask Policy for Patients & Visitors

Nash UNC Health Care has implemented a mask policy, effective June 23rd, that requires all patients, visitors and staff members to wear a mask while on the Nash UNC campus. Masks will be issued upon arrival if you do not already have one. Please wear the mask when in common areas or within 6 feet of others. Wearing a mask is one of the best ways to reduce COVID transmission. To learn more about how we are keeping you safe during a visit to our facilities, visit our safety when seeking medical care page.

Visitors

Effective immediately, one designated, screened visitor per patient for the duration of the patient’s stay will be permitted in the majority of patient areas at Nash UNC Health Care.

  • Pediatrics and Women’s Center will allow one designated, screened visitor/guardian per patient.
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Health areas will prohibit all visitation with the exception of child psych/adolescent areas, on a case-by-case basis.
  • No visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed to visit for the foreseeable future.
  • Visitors who are over the age of 65, pregnant or immunocompromised are discouraged from visiting, for their own safety.

Additional exceptions will be granted for end of life situations at the discretion of the care team.

Vendors / Contractors

Only vendors and contractors who are essential to patient care and business operations will be allowed onsite on an as-needed basis. Vendors and contractors who do not directly support patient care and critical business operations should work remotely and will not be allowed in Nash UNC Health Care facilities until further notice.

Volunteers

Hospital volunteers should not report to Nash UNC Health Care facilities until further notice.

Students

Students should not visit Nash UNC Health Care until further notice unless they are deemed necessary for essential business operations.

In Addition

In addition to the restrictions outlined above, community events, activities, and meetings hosted at Nash UNC Health Care will also be canceled until further notice.

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19, contact your primary care provider or the State's coronavirus hotline by dialing 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162. 

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