As Vidant Health continues to respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic across North Carolina, we are taking steps to ensure the safety of all. Vidant remains vigilant with its screening process for all visitors, entry requirements and visitor restrictions by department.
In response to increased spread of COVID-19 in eastern North Carolina, Vidant is further restricting its visitation guidelines in hospitals, clinics and emergency departments. As of Wednesday, Dec. 30, Vidant's system-wide census of hospitalized COVID-19 patients reached 187. Additionally, positivity rates for those tested for COVID-19 have steadily increased since the Thanksgiving holiday, reaching a current rate of about 22%, the highest rate Vidant has seen all year.
Importantly, Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital will continue to prohibit visitors in both the emergency department and inpatient units as they have done since Nov. 25. The Outer Banks Hospital will also prohibit visitors in the emergency department and inpatient units Monday, Jan. 4.
This is an evolving situation and Vidant continues to monitor the spread and examine local data, including COVID-19 cases in our region and in hospitals, and will adjust visitation restrictions accordingly.
Vidant strongly encourages visitors to consider virtual visitation options such as FaceTime and phone calls. Assistance with virtual visits, including iPads for patients without the necessary technology, is available on request. Virtual visitation is the safest way to stay connected with a loved one.
For the latest information on Vidant's visitor restrictions, please visit VidantHealth.com/Alerts
- Contact: Brian Wudkwych