Vidant Health updates visitor guidelines

Published 5:25 pm Wednesday, December 29, 2021

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As Vidant Health continues to respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing spread of the Omicron variant, they are taking steps to ensure the safety of all.

In consultation with infectious disease experts and based on current trends, Vidant is proactively updating visitor guidelines for the health system and adjusting the reopening of the Wellness Center – Greenville.

Vidant continues to strongly encourage masking, vaccinations and boosters to combat COVID-19.

Effective at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, Vidant will update its visitor guidelines across the system, including restricted visitation and a new requirement that all visitors wear a hospital-issued mask. Cloth masks will no longer be permitted.

Visitors should also be mindful of Vidant’s new screening process and are encouraged to visit to register prior to their visit.

For inpatients, including those having surgery, they are permitted to have one healthy adult visitor screened and masked at all times. Visitor may not switch out with other visitors.

The visitor must stay in patient’s room unless visiting the café.

One healthy adult visitor may be designated to stay overnight. Overnight visitors may not switch out with other visitors.

In the Labor/Delivery/Maternity departments at all Vidant hospitals, four designated adult visitors, including the labor partner, are identified on admission and are able to visit the bedside throughout the duration of the stay. Please note: only two visitors are allowed at the bedside at any time.

For surgical outpatient procedures that require sedation or anesthesia, those patients are allowed one healthy adult visitor screened and masked at all times in the waiting room as social distance requirements allow. Visitors are not allowed in the surgical recovery area.

At Vidant medical practices/outpatient clinics, those patients are permitted to have one healthy adult visitor screened and masked at all times.

Vidant kindly asks that patients bring visitors only if absolutely necessary.

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.

For the latest information on Vidant’s visitor restrictions, please visit

Originally scheduled to fully reopen on Jan. 1, the Greenville Wellness Center will open with limited services only starting on Jan. 1, such as personal training, private lessons, fitness orientations and tours. The fitness center, indoor track and pool will remain closed for general membership for the time being. Community members signed up to become members of the Greenville Wellness Center will receive additional details directly from the Wellness Center.

Vidant leadership, with guidance from our infectious disease experts, will continue to review the COVID data and spread throughout the coming weeks to determine a date for a full reopening.

The Wellness Centers in Ahoskie and Washington will continue their current operations.

For more information, please visit