Vidant Health expands visitation for hospitals, clinics and emergency departments

Published 5:14 pm Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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As Vidant Health continues to respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic across North Carolina, they 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 decreased community spread, Vidant is carefully expanding visitation in most clinical areas across the system, including for COVID-positive patients.

Effective 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, Vidant will adopt the below screening process, entry requirements and visitor guidelines. Visitors must wear surgical masks provided at screening stations or personal N95/KN95 masks as long as they are clean, intact, without a valve and have no visible gaps.

Despite the encouraging trend of cases, it remains vitally important for community members to continue to practicing safety measures such as washing hands, wearing a mask and avoiding large gatherings.

Entry Requirements:

Temperature check: Temperature must be under 100°F degrees;

Masking: Wear a hospital-approved mask at all times in the building. Screeners will provide you a hospital mask if you do not have one. Cloth masks are not permitted;

Hand washing: Visitors must gel or use hand sanitizer on entry;

Social distancing: Avoid close contact with others;

Limit personal belongings during your visit; and

Limit your visit to the patient room, and kindly do not go elsewhere in the hospital except for the Café.

This is an evolving situation, and Vidant continues to monitor the spread and examine local data, including COVID-19 cases in the 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.

Patients should limit their belongings to a few key items and refer to the below tips:

Bring your phone, tablet or other electronic device to connect with family members;

Limit clothing to clean undergarments and one outfit for discharge; and

Wear or pack non-slip shoes.

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